Social worker suspended for asking out client

A social worker who asked a service user out on a date and tried to befriend another has been suspended from the social care register for a year.

Egbert Elijah Hall was an agency social worker at Brent Council when he also provided personal information to the women between September 2005 and July 2006.

His employment was later terminated.

In its ruling, the General Social Care Council conduct committee, which heard the case in London this week, found that Hall’s behaviour amounted to serious misconduct.

But it found no evidence of “harmful, deep-seated personality or attitudinal problems” and that training should address issues of personal boundaries, especially in relation to sharing personal information with service users.

It also took into account Hall’s previous good character and the fact he had no prior disciplinary findings recorded against him.

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