A residential child care worker has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a Social Care Wales hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired.
The hearing heard that Richard Carswell falsified his time sheets and expenses between March and September 2016, claiming payment for 86 hours and 10 sleep-ins he hadn’t worked and 155 miles he hadn’t travelled. As a result Mr Carswell was paid an extra £1,154.65.
At the time, Mr Carswell was employed as the deputy manager of a residential children’s home in the Welshpool area. In early 2016, Mr Carswell was given responsibility for completing the home’s payroll information.
After noticing discrepancies in the information given to head office, his manager launched an investigation into the time sheets and expenses submitted by Mr Carswell, and Mr Carswell was subsequently sacked for gross misconduct.
Mr Carswell didn’t attend the one-day hearing at the Beaufort Park Hotel in Mold last week, although he did co-operate a certain amount with Social Care Wales’s investigation.
After hearing the evidence, the committee decided that Mr Carswell’s fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct.
The committee said: “[O]ur finding is that Mr Carswell has deliberately falsified time sheets and expenses claims over a period of three months.
“The pattern of improper behaviour did not last very long, but it was repeated and may well have continued had it not been discovered by his employer.
The committee continued: “The need to be honest and trustworthy, and conduct oneself in a way that justifies public trust is an essential part of a social care worker’s role.
“In failing to do this, we consider that Mr Carswell has acted in a manner that has brought the social care profession into disrepute.”
Explaining its decision to remove Mr Carswell from the Register, the committee said: “Our decision is that only a Removal Order is adequate in this case to provide the necessary protection for the public and to ensure that public confidence in the regulation of social care services is upheld.”