A social worker, suspended after a domestic dispute, has been given a further year’s suspension for failing to show remorse, despite telling the panel she had been a victim of domestic violence.
The social worker was employed by Durham County Council when the police were called to her home on two occasions to deal with altercations between her and her then partner.
At the first hearing, which led to a twelve month suspension in 2013, the social worker made written submissions detailing the extent to which she had been subjected to domestic violence.
A Health and Care Professions (HCPC) panel was told the social worker’s misconduct involved being intoxicated, verbally abusive and obstructive to police who were called out to her home.
She also told the police she was responsible for throwing a dustpan and brush over the fence towards her neighbour’s house, when in fact it was her partner.
The HCPC judgement reported the social worker had given evidence that “she was in fear of reprisals from him if she did not take the blame for the incident”.
The social worker added that she had been subjected to a prolonged period of violence by her partner.
However, the panel concluded “the misconduct included dishonesty and [she] did not have insight into how her behaviour in her private life could damage the reputation of the social work profession”.
The panel said she did not submit evidence of remedying her conduct.
“Anything less than a suspension order would not provide the requisite level of public protection,” the panel concluded.
The social worker has been further suspended until December 2015.