Social worker struck off after exposing child to risk

A social worker who failed to act on concerns raised by a child's teacher has been struck off the register in Wales.

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A social worker who failed to act on concerns raised by a child’s teacher has been struck off the register in Wales.

Luciana Protopopescu, formerly employed by Cardiff Council, failed to pass on the referral or treat it as a child protection case, the Care Council for Wales’ conduct committee heard.

This left the child exposed to “unnecessary risk”, the committee found.

Protopopescu also failed to follow procedures for logging telephone calls.

Because of this and her failure to pass on the referral, her manager was prevented from taking a different view on the seriousness of the concerns.

Removing her from the register, the committee said: “The actions of the registrant demonstrated a lack of insight into her poor professional judgement about a child protection case and raised concerns about the risk of her making similar misjudgements in the future.”

The council has been contacted for a response.

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