A social worker who went for four months without supervision has been struck off the social work register for failing to vet foster carers.
A Care Council for Wales conduct committee decided to remove the Neath Port Talbot social worker from the register after hearing how she failed to check the health and criminal records of 10 foster carers under her supervision.
The social worker also failed to complete annual reviews of foster carers, to carry out a regulation visit to a children’s home and to complete foster carer supervision records.
The incidents took place over the course of a year from the latter half of 2012 to early 2013.
While the conduct committee did note that a four-month period where she did not receive formal supervision contributed to the failures, it found that the social worker had told managers she was “getting on top of” her work and had a professional duty to inform her manager of difficulties she was having.
The committee also accepted that she was overheard telling a member of the public that she did not know what she was doing.
As such, the committee concluded that her failures breached the code of practice for social workers and put service users at risk, and so removed her from the register.