Social worker created ‘risk of harm’

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A WIGAN social worker has been struck off after an industry council found he had “put vulnerable service users at risk of harm” on a number of occasions.

Shaun Woosey, who was employed by Wigan Council with responsibility for children and families, has been sanctioned by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

He was not present or represented at any of the proceedings, the HCPC said.

A panel heard that following Mr Woosey’s appointment as a new team manager at the local authority in March 2010, problems were highlighted with his work, with these concerns managed through formal proceedings from June 2011.

The Panel further heard testimony from a number of witnesses in relation to Mr Woosey’s failings with regards to report writing; following instructions and procedures; delaying the progression of cases; poor analytical skills and judgement in terms of risk assessment; not behaving openly and honestly with colleagues; poor record-keeping; poor communication with service users and colleagues; and dishonesty, a spokesman for the HCPC said.

Jayne Ivory, assistant director for children and families at Wigan Council, said: “As soon as concerns were raised by Mr Woosey’s colleagues and line manager about his social work practice immediate action was taken.

“We then took steps to address the matter through our own formal processes. After Mr Woosey’s dismissal we have been in liaison with HCPC. They have taken further action to remove Mr Woosey from the social work register.

“Our employees are set high standards and there are a number of checks in place so that their performance can be monitored and addressed if they are found to fall below these high standards. We are grateful that the HCPC has confirmed the decisive action we have taken with regard to Mr Woosey’s social work practice.”

HCPC Panel chairman Jane Everitt added: “The acts and omissions of Mr Woosey represent a significant departure from the standards of the profession.

“Taken collectively, the facts amount to lack of competence and/or misconduct given the breadth of failings identified, the risk of repetition and the risk of potential harm in addition to the actual harm which resulted.”