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Conditions placed on social worker’s registration extended after review

09 November 2020
Social Care Wales

A social worker from Rhondda Cynon Taf has had the conditions placed on her registration extended following a Social Care Wales fitness to practise review hearing.

Rachel Halliday had conditions placed on her registration in July 2019 after a panel found her fitness to practise was impaired because of serious misconduct.

Ms Halliday had failed to visit the homes of the children and families she was supporting as often as needed and repeatedly failed to record visits and assessments as required by law.

She also failed to follow up on information received from the police and failed to record what action she had taken.

Following a hearing last week to review the progress Ms Halliday had made in meeting the conditions placed on her registration, the panel found Ms Halliday’s fitness to practise was still impaired.

The panel concluded that while Ms Halliday had met some of the conditions, such as completing a number of agreed training courses, Ms Halliday hadn’t met them all, in part because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The panel therefore decided to extend the length of time Ms Halliday has to meet the conditions by 12 months.

It has also increased the frequency with which she has to provide supervision reports to Social Care Wales.

Explaining its decision, the panel told Ms Halliday: “We have concluded that your fitness to practise is still impaired because the misconduct which you admitted was serious and there is insufficient evidence of steps to prevent its repetition. You have not demonstrated the ability to manage stress and time in the workplace.”

The panel continued: “We have [therefore] decided that it is necessary for the Conditional Registration Order to be extended with amended conditions.”

Ms Halliday was present at the one-day review hearing that took place over Zoom last week.