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Domiciliary care manager removed from the Register for failing to protect vulnerable individuals from financial abuse

05 July 2019
Social Care Wales

A domiciliary care manager from Llanelli has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired because of serious misconduct.

Devena Haskell was accused of allowing a woman who’d been banned from working as a social worker and who had a criminal conviction, to work as a care worker at the domiciliary care agency she managed.

The hearing was told that the care worker had previously received a suspended prison sentence for financially defrauding a vulnerable individual. Yet despite knowing this, Ms Haskell failed to prevent her from providing care to two vulnerable individuals over a six-month period.

Ms Haskell only took action on 17 August 2017 when the nephew of one of the individuals complained that his aunt had changed her will while he was on holiday and made the care worker the new executor.

Having heard the evidence, the panel found that Ms Haskell’s fitness to practise was currently impaired because of her serious misconduct.

Explaining its decision, the panel said: “Ms Haskell’s misconduct was serious on the basis that her failings were sustained over a period of six months where she knowingly put different service users at risk on numerous occasions.

“This was not an isolated error. Ms Haskell placed her own interests above the interests of service users and put them at risk of financial abuse.”

The panel continued: “Ms Haskell’s failure to protect the vulnerable individuals to whom she was responsible represents a breach of the fundamental tenets of the profession.”

The panel decided to remove Ms Haskell from the Register, saying: “We consider a Removal Order is a proportionate response to Ms Haskell’s conduct and is required to adequately protect the public.

“We find that confidence in the social care profession would be undermined by allowing Ms Haskell to remain on the Register.”

Ms Haskell was not present at the two-day hearing at our Cardiff office last week.