Registered Social Workers referred from Cornwall

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LS Palmer (Account suspended)

Dear General Social Care Council,

In relation to Social Workers registered with the GSCC from the Cornwall region please could you provide the following information in relation to referrals for investigation of misconduct since 2005 to present:

- Type of Registrant (social work student/social worker)
- Type of Rules (whether taken forward under 2003 or 2008 GSCC Conduct
Rules)
- Whether there is Safeguarding issue
- Whether there is a Criminal Investigation
- If so, the Nature of Crime / Disciplinary
- Whether there are other Investigations occuring and if so their stauts
- Whether an Interim Suspension Order has been imposed
- The level of risk associated to the referral
- Date of initial referral to GSCC
- Date of initial referral to CIAS

Yours faithfully,

LS Palmer

LS Palmer (Account suspended)

Dear General Social Care Council,

Please could you also give me the same information relating to Referrals of Social Workers from all regions since 2005. ie:

- Type of Registrant (social work student/social worker)
- Type of Rules (whether taken forward under 2003 or 2008 GSCC Conduct
Rules)
- Whether there is Safeguarding issue
- Whether there is a Criminal Investigation
- If so, the Nature of Crime / Disciplinary
- Whether there are other Investigations occuring and if so their stauts
- Whether an Interim Suspension Order has been imposed
- The level of risk associated to the referral
- Date of initial referral to GSCC
- Date of initial referral to CIAS

Yours faithfully,

LS Palmer

Rupinder Panesar, General Social Care Council

Dear LS Palmer

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

I would like to acknowledge your Freedom of Information requests dated 17
December and 19 December, respectively.

Your requests will be considered together and we will respond to you
within 20 working days. The reference number F-1012-048 has been assigned
as your request number and for ease of reference this should be quoted in
any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Rupinder Panesar
Information Governance Support Officer
General Social Care Council
Goldings House
2 Hay's Lane
London SE1 2HB

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LS Palmer (Account suspended)

Dear General Social Care Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of General Social Care Council's handling of my FOI request 'Registered Social Workers referred from Cornwall'.

Your response is delayed.

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Yours faithfully,

LS Palmer

Rupinder Panesar, General Social Care Council

Dear LS Palmer

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

I acknowledge receipt of your emails dated 23 Janaury stating that the our
response is delayed.

Please note that the timeframe for responding to Freedom of Information
requests is 20 working days. Your requests were received on 17 December
and the GSCC offices were closed from 27 December to 3 January and
therefore the deadline for responding to your requests is today (24
January). As advised in my email of 20 December your requests will be
considered together and we will respond to you by the close of business
today .

Yours sincerely

Rupinder Panesar
Information Governance Support Officer
General Social Care Council
Goldings House
2 Hay's Lane
London SE1 2HB

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Dear LS Palmer

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

I write in response to your Freedom of Information requests dated 17
December and 19 December.

As advised in my email of 20 December, your requests have been considered
together and I address your queries below:

1) For the period 2005 to present please could you provide the following
information in relation to referrals for investigation in relation to
Social Workers registered with the GSCC from the Cornwall region

o Type of Registrant (social work student/social worker)

o Type of Rules (whether taken forward under 2003 or 2008
GSCC Conduct Rules)

o Whether there is Safeguarding issue

o Whether there is a Criminal Investigation. If so, the Nature of
Crime / Disciplinary

o Whether there are other Investigations occurring and if so their
status

o Whether an Interim Suspension Order has been imposed

o The level of risk associated to the referral

o Date of initial referral to GSCC

o Date of initial referral to CIAS

I can confirm that the General Social Care Council (GSCC) holds partial
information that falls within the description specified in your request.
Following the introduction of the GSCC*s Conduct reporting tool in
September 2009, we are able to provide a partial response below for the
period 18 September 2009 to 23 December 2010:

Open Cases

As at 23 December 2010 there are six open referrals from the Cornwall
region.

Type of Registrant - All six referrals relate to qualified social workers
who are registered with the GSCC.

Types of Rules - All six referrals are being investigated under Conduct
2008 rules.

Safeguarding Issues - There are two safeguarding issues out of the six
open cases, both of which relate to *Child-outside work* issues.

Criminal Investigations - Four of the referrals are not a criminal
investigation. One relates to child pornography and one to drink driving.

Other Investigations - Four of the referrals do not have any other
investigations. Two of the cases have had a disciplinary from their
employer.

Interim Suspension orders - No ISOs are required for any of the six
currently open cases.

Level of Risk - Out of the six open cases, one is considered to be low
risk, three medium risk and one high risk.

Dates of Referral - Out of the six open cases, all but one case was
referred to CIAS on the same day it was first referred to the GSCC.

Closed Cases

From 18 September 2009 to 23 December 2010 there are 25 closed referrals
from the Cornwall region.

Type of Registrant - Out of these cases, one was a student applicant. All
of the others relate to qualified social workers who are registered with
the GSCC.

Types of Rules - One referral was being investigated under Conduct 2003
rules and one under Registration-Initial Application rules. All of the
others were under Conduct 2008 rules.

Safeguarding Issues - Seventeen cases had no safeguarding issue, four
cases had *Adult-in work* safeguarding issues, one had a *Child-Outside
work* safeguarding issue and three had *Child-Inside work* safeguarding
issues.

Criminal Investigations - twenty-four cases were not criminal
investigations. One was *Acquittal, Child abuse * all types*.

Other Investigations - Eleven cases had no other investigations. Thirteen
cases had had a disciplinary from their employer and one had been
investigated by their HEI for *Mental and Physical Health*.

Interim Suspension orders - twenty cases did not require an ISO. Two cases
had ISOs refused, two revoked and one case required an ISO.

Level of Risk - Out of the twenty-five closed cases, four were considered
to be low risk, fourteen medium risk and seven high risk.

Dates of Referral - Out of the twenty-five closed cases, all but four were
referred to CIAS on the same day as they were first referred to the GSCC.

2) Please could you also give me the same information as above relating to
referrals of Social Workers from all regions.

I can confirm that the General Social Care Council (GSCC) holds partial
information that falls within the description specified in your request.
Following the introduction of the GSCC*s Conduct reporting tool in
September 2009, we are able to provide a partial response for the period
18 September 2009 to 13 January 2011. The data is contained in the
attached spreadsheet *FOI 2*.

3) For the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively, please could you
provide statistics for how many complaints have been made regarding social
workers. Please could you state whether the complaints related to:

1. False reporting by Social Workers

I can confirm that the GSCC holds information that falls within the
description specified in your request. However, as this data is not

routinely recorded we have estimated that it will cost more than the
appropriate limit to consider your request. Section 12 of the

Freedom of Information Act makes provision for public authorities to
refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them

would exceed the appropriate limit, which for central government is set at
£600. This represents the estimated cost of one person

spending 3 1/2 working days in determining whether the GSCC holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the

information.

Consequently, the GSCC is not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act
2000 to respond to this request.

2. Failure to investigate children being abused 'in care'.

I can confirm that the GSCC holds information that falls within the
description specified in your request. However, as this data is not

routinely recorded we have estimated that it will cost more than the
appropriate limit to consider your request. Section 12 of the

Freedom of Information Act makes provision for public authorities to
refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them

would exceed the appropriate limit, which for central government is set at
£600. This represents the estimated cost of one person

spending 3 1/2 working days in determining whether the GSCC holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the

information.

Consequently, the GSCC is not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act
2000 to respond to this request.

3. Social workers failing to abide by the Children Act.

I can confirm that the GSCC holds information that falls within the
description specified in your request. However, as this data is not

routinely recorded we have estimated that it will cost more than the
appropriate limit to consider your request. Section 12 of the

Freedom of Information Act makes provision for public authorities to
refuse requests for information where the cost of

dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for central
government is set at £600. This represents the estimated cost of

one person spending 3 1/2 working days in determining whether the GSCC
holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting

the information.

Consequently, the GSCC is not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act
2000 to respond to this request.

4. Social Workers failing to abide by Codes of Conduct.

Cases are referred to a Conduct Committee as a result of an alleged breach
of the Code. Our Committee Services Team holds information of the number
of cases referred from 2006 to present and their respective outcomes and I
attach the excel spreadsheet *FOI 3(4)* outlining these.

5. Social Workers employed by CAFCASS

I can confirm that the GSCC holds information that falls within the
description specified in your request. However, as this data is not

routinely recorded we have estimated that it will cost more than the
appropriate limit to consider your request. Section 12 of the

Freedom of Information Act makes provision for public authorities to
refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them

would exceed the appropriate limit, which for central government is set at
£600. This represents the estimated cost of one person

spending 3 1/2 working days in determining whether the GSCC holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the

information.

Consequently, the GSCC is not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act
2000 to respond to this request.

6. Social Workers that were not qualified.

The GSCC only has powers under the Conduct Rules 2008 to investigate those
individuals that are registered with us. We do have

powers under section 61 of the Care Standards Act 200 to prosecute
individuals who are holding themselves out to be social workers. In

relation to the S.61 prosecutions, the GSCC has secured one prosecution
to date.

7. Social Workers that are not registered by the GSCC.

Please see above.

8. Social Workers whose conduct amounted to a criminal offence.

A partial response to this request in contained in the attached
spreadsheet *FOI 2*.

9. Social Workers abusing their position of trust.

I can confirm that the GSCC holds information that falls within the
description specified in your request. However, given its generic

nature, we have estimated that it will cost more than the appropriate
limit to consider your request. Section 12 of the Freedom of

Information Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests
for information where the cost of dealing with them would

exceed the appropriate limit, which for central government is set at
£600. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 3

1/2 working days in determining whether the GSCC holds the information,
and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

Consequently, the GSCC is not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act
2000 to respond to this request.

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, please contact our Customer Complaints Team at:

Customer Complaints Team

General Social Care Council

Myson House

Railway Terrace

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CV21 3HT

Telephone: 01788 572 119

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If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner's Office

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Wilmslow

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Telephone:0303 123 1113

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There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

Rupinder Panesar
Information Governance Support Officer
General Social Care Council
Goldings House
2 Hay's Lane
London SE1 2HB

Direct Line: 020 7397 5144
Fax: 020 7397 5145
[3]www.gscc.org.uk

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Philip J Measures left an annotation ()

Perhaps the GSCC will look at recording more Data 'routinely' - it only needs a Spreadsheet!!!