Conduct: Social worker cautioned by GSCC for domestic violence

A social worker has been cautioned by the General Social Care Council after admitting domestic violence.

Brian Morris, who is employed by Bournemouth Borough Council, received a conditional discharge for assault during an incident in May 2007, a GSCC conduct committee heard this week.

Morris, a social worker in adult services within a hospital based team, admitted that he had breached the GSCC code of practice. This states that social workers should not behave in a way, in or outside of work, which would call into question their suitability to work in social care services.

The committee did not condone Morris’ behaviour but said he did not represent a threat to service users and that he had shown remorse and taken steps to ensure it did not happen again.

Issuing Morris with a 12-month admonishment, the committee acknowledged that the misconduct was out of character, that he was open and honest in admitting it and he has not repeated it since. They noted the confidence of his employer in retaining him in his role at Bournemouth and that he had 20 years of satisfactory conduct at work.

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