Social Worker - abuse of position

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Dear East Sussex County Council,

I would like, under the Freedom of Information Act, information on
the following points:

1. What action can be taken against a Social Worker should they
abuse their position to unfairly influence family court
proceedings?

2. Does it constitute a conflict of interests if a Social Worker
uses their professional contacts to affect or influence family
court proceedings that involve their own family?

3. What is the Council's policy on assessing the conduct of a
social worker when they are shown to have knowingly provided
information that is false and that affects the entire life of the
falsely
accused, including

a) causing the loss of a relationship with a child
b) defaming the character of the accused
c) future employment

4. What is the council's policy with regard to a Social Work
Professional ignoring Child protection and safeguarding procedures
to suit their own interests?

5 Have any other complaints been submitted against the Social
Worker [name removed] within the last decade?

6. If the answer to Q.5 is yes, what were these complaints?

7. Were any of the complaints referred to in Q.5 upheld?

Yours faithfully,

A. Proudman

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear A. Proudman,

 

FOI Request ref:  4636 / Social Workers-abuse of position

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your request
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Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
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Dear A. Proudman,

 

FOI Request ref:  4636 / Social Workers-abuse of position

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above, which has been
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
request and our response are set out below. Please note that any
information we provide is subject to the copyright and reuse of
information terms and conditions set out at the bottom of this email.

 

REQUEST

 

1. What action can be taken against a Social Worker should they abuse
their position to unfairly influence family court proceedings?

 

2. Does it constitute a conflict of interests if a Social Worker uses
their professional contacts to affect or influence family court
proceedings that involve their own family?

 

3. What is the Council's policy on assessing the conduct of a social
worker when they are shown to have knowingly provided information that is
false and that affects the entire life of the falsely accused, including

 

a) causing the loss of a relationship with a child

b) defaming the character of the accused

c) future employment

 

4. What is the council's policy with regard to a Social Work Professional
ignoring Child protection and safeguarding procedures to suit their own
interests?

 

5 Have any other complaints been submitted against the Social Worker (name
removed) within the last decade?

 

6. If the answer to Q.5 is yes, what were these complaints?

 

7. Were any of the complaints referred to in Q.5 upheld?

 

RESPONSE

 

1)                  East Sussex County Council expects all social workers
to abide by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) code of
practice. If concerns about a social worker’s conduct arise through the
court proceedings, we would expect the party raising these concerns to
draw them to the attention of the court as the presiding Judge or
Magistrate has the  responsibility to arbitrate on such matters within
their court.  If the court bring the matter to our attention and provide
evidence of unprofessional conduct this would be investigated under
disciplinary procedures.

 

2)                  A conflict of interest can only arise when both a
social worker’s professional role and personal life come together.

 

3)                  If the court bring the matter to the attention of East
Sussex County Council and provide evidence that a social worker has
knowingly provided information that is false this would be investigated
under disciplinary procedures.

 

4)                  East Sussex County Council expect all social workers
to abide by the HCPC code of practice and adhere to national Child
Protection guidance and local safeguarding procedures. Failure to do so
would be investigated under disciplinary procedures.

 

5)                  The Council neither confirms nor denies that it holds
any such information. If held, this information would be personal to the
named person, as defined Section 1 Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). Public
authorities are not obliged to release personal data in response to
requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) because Section 40
FOIA defines personal data as exempt information. In this case
specifically at Section 40(2), which refers to the personal data of third
parties.

 

6)                  Please see answer to question 5 above.

 

7)                  Please see answer to question 5 above.

 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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