A children’s social worker has been struck off after her own two sons were placed on the child protection register.
A conduct committee of the General Social Care Council heard the woman’s two sons and 13-month-old grandchild were considered at risk of emotional or physical abuse. The grandchild was also placed on the child protection register.
The committee heard evidence that the social worker bit her 16-year-old son on the arm while under the influence of alcohol and slapped her 19-year-old daughter on the face.
The woman, formerly employed by an unnamed local authority in England, faced a total of 26 allegations. These included failing to inform a potential employer that she had been sacked from a previous job, and failing to notify the GSCC of this dismissal or of convictions for road traffic offences.
The committee decided her actions were dishonest, of a serious nature, and repeated over a prolonged period, and there was a “significant risk” that the misconduct would continue.
Hearing held in private
The woman, known as Ms X, cannot be named to protect the identity of her children. In addition, the hearing was held in private to prevent disclosure of personal details about her health, which was considered a relevant factor in her misconduct.