A social worker registered in England and Wales has been suspended from practising in both countries.
Marius Sacalos was already banned for two years by the Care Council for Wales for professional failings when the General Social Care Council heard his case last week.
In July 2010, the CCW found Sacalos had failed a “significant number of vulnerable children” while working for Blaenau Gwent Council from November 2006 to December 2008, though none had suffered harm.
A GSCC conduct committee imposed the same sanction as the CCW, but reduced the suspension to 15 months because of the delay since the Wales decision.
Sacalos had been under an interim suspension in England even before he was suspended in Wales.
The GSCC proceeded with the case based on the evidence and decision from the Welsh committee, and in the absence of Sacalos.
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