A social worker has been struck off after she was found guilty of yelling “baby murderer” and making threats to kill outside a woman’s house.
The social worker was initially suspended by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in 2013, but during a third review of her suspension order over Christmas 2015, the conduct and competence committee decided the social worker should be removed from the register.
She was a member of a party of people who threw a brick at the woman inside her home, which injured her, and in November 2012, the social worker pleaded guilty in court to using threatening or insulting behaviour.
In the initial hearing in 2013, the social worker “stated that she had known the victim for some years and had previously given a statement to the police about the victim”. The panel in that hearing concluded that the social worker’s behaviour was “wholly unacceptable, unprofessional and deplorable conduct and brings the profession into disrepute”.
She did not attend the hearing over Christmas, but the HCPC spoke to her husband who said he did not see the point of the process continuing, it was a waste of the HCPC’s resources.
The panel said: “Given the ongoing risk of harm to the public and damage to the reputation [of] the profession the Panel considers that a further sanction is necessary.”
It added that the registrant, other than the comments from her husband, had not engaged with opportunities to demonstrate her willingness and ability to return to social work.
The panel noted that, through her husband, the social worker had stated she had an ongoing and serious health condition and had no intention of returning to social work. “She wants this process to come to an end. The Panel has therefore concluded that a Striking Off Order is the only appropriate and proportionate sanction.”