A social worker who admitted a series of failures relating to the welfare of children has been suspended from the register for a year.
Linda Appleby worked for East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s emergency duty team between November 2008 and February 2009.
Appleby admitted to a General Social Care Council’s conduct committee hearing that she failed to tell senior management after being notified of allegations of non-accidental injury to two babies in January 2009.
She admitted failing to take steps to ensure the welfare of one of the babies’ siblings and a similar charge in relation to the second baby’s siblings was proven.
When told by police that a child had made an allegation of sexual abuse against the brother of a foster carer and the child had moved away to stay with friends, Appleby admitted that she failed to take steps to ensure the welfare of the child and their siblings.
She failed to inform the child’s social worker of the child’s location or make an accurate record of where the child was.
She also logged information about two children who had been taken from their drunken mother by an aunt but failed to record the name of the person who had taken them or the place they had been taken
Appleby also admitted failing to record information about the whereabouts of a teenage absconder.
The committee said Appleby “had shown insight into her failings and considerable remorse, and had endeavoured to be more vigilant with her record keeping”. However, the charge of misconduct against her was proven.
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