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Conditions placed on social worker’s registration

10 July 2019
Social Care Wales

A fitness to practise panel has placed conditions on the registration of a social worker from Rhondda Cynon Taf for the next 18 months after a hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired because of serious misconduct.

Rachel Halliday was employed by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council co-ordinating child protection and child in need plans when concerns about the standard of her work came to light in February 2017.

Ms Halliday admitted during the two-day hearing at our Cardiff office last week that she repeatedly failed to record assessments and visits to some of the children and families she was supporting as required by law.

Ms Halliday also admitted failing to carry out the required number of visits to children and families, and failing to follow up on information received from the police or failing to record what action she had taken.

She also admitted keeping a file of confidential information in her home for longer than necessary.

Having considered Ms Halliday’s admissions and heard the evidence presented, the panel found Ms Halliday’s fitness to practise was currently impaired because of serious misconduct.

Explaining its decision, the panel said: “You have accepted serious failures in your practice, which were repeated over a long period in 2016 and early 2017.”

The panel continued: “Having read your reflective statement and heard your evidence, we accept that you have shown some insight into both your failings and the effect of those failings on the families with whom you worked.

“However, we were not persuaded that this emerging insight alone is sufficient to demonstrate that the same failures would not arise again were you to return to practice straightaway.”

The panel decided to impose conditions on Ms Halliday’s registration for 18 months, subject to review, which include successfully completing a number of training courses approved by us and being closely supervised in her work.

The panel explained its decision by saying: “We accept that you have expressed genuine remorse and real commitment to a future career in social work.

“We note that you have previously shown your commitment by completing re-training following a period in which you left social work for personal reasons.

“We are satisfied that the imposition of conditions in respect of training and supervision will be effective to protect the public.”