Sally Stephens Registered SW63192 Birmingham known as Sara Jennifer Stephens MBE

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Dear Health and Care Professions Council,
Sally Stephens Registered SW63192 Birmingham

We note that you hold on the Register o the Health Care Professional Council Register who until recently was registered on your site by the name of Sara Jennifer Stephens who is known at Cafcass as Ms Sally Stephens you would know this as her name is there website under Service Managers
( Below is a copy of this from cafcass webiste.)
Sally Stephens, Service Manager, Birmingham
I have been with Cafcass since the day of its inception in April 2001. Since its formation Cafcass has undergone enormous changes which have required its staff to learn new ways of working with children and families caught up in family proceedings in both public and private law matters, to ensure that every child receives a high quality service in a timely way.
My role as a service manager has been and continues to be to guide and support staff through the necessary changes to their practice and associated challenges, via regular review meetings (Supervision) and case advice / discussions at the point of need.
Liaison with the courts and other stakeholders is an important part of the role and is a way in which I can influence and help modernise the family justice system. Ensuring that the work carried out by the team meets the high standards that children and their families deserve is a significant part of my role, as well as acting as a good role model and team leader for staff. Constructive feedback to staff on their performance together with acknowledgment of their strengths and identification of areas for improvement takes place on a daily basis as part of the quality assurance process.

The role of a Cafcass service manager is a challenging one and is very hard work but enables me to play a significant part in shaping and improving the agency’s front line service to children and families. This makes for an immensely satisfying job at both a personal and professional level.

In 2015 Having been in contact with HCPC Ms Sara Jennifer Stephens Who was showing under this name then changed her HCPC Name to Sally Stephens?

Ms Stephens who was in June 2013 awarded an MBE this aware was under the Name of Sara not under Sally. so why would she have 2 names?

(Below is the update from Cafcass on this.)
Queen's Birthday Honours for Cafcass staff
https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/news/...-/que...
Finally, Service Manager Sally Stephens received an MBE for services to children, young people and families.

Below is the list is under Sara not Sally.
[PDF]Birthday Honours list - Gov.uk
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/.....
..... Ms Sara Jennifer STEPHENS. Service Manager, CAFCASS. For services to. Sara.

It is clear her name is Sara not Sally but Cafcass are misleading the public and now the HCPC, is misleading the Public, that they employ a Sally Stephens when this is an act of Fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.

The Fraud Act 2006

(1)A person is guilty of fraud if he is in breach of any of the sections listed in subsection (2) (which provide for different ways of committing the offence).

(2)The sections are—

(a)section 2 (fraud by false representation),

(b)section 3 (fraud by failing to disclose information), and

(c)section 4 (fraud by abuse of position).

(3)A person who is guilty of fraud is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or to both);

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to a fine (or to both).

(4)Subsection (3)(a) applies in relation to Northern Ireland as if the reference to 12 months were a reference to 6 months.

2,Fraud by false representation

(1)A person is in breach of this section if he—

(a)dishonestly makes a false representation, and

(b)intends, by making the representation—

(i)to make a gain for himself or another, or

(ii)to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.

(2)A representation is false if—

(a)it is untrue or misleading, and

(b)the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading.

(3)“Representation” means any representation as to fact or law, including a representation as to the state of mind of—

(a)the person making the representation, or

(b)any other person.

(4)A representation may be express or implied.

(5)For the purposes of this section a representation may be regarded as made if it (or anything implying it) is submitted in any form to any system or device designed to receive, convey or respond to communications (with or without human intervention).

3Fraud by failing to disclose information

A person is in breach of this section if he—
(a)dishonestly fails to disclose to another person information which he is under a legal duty to disclose, and

(b)intends, by failing to disclose the information—

(i)to make a gain for himself or another, or

(ii)to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.

4,Fraud by abuse of position

(1)A person is in breach of this section if he—

(a)occupies a position in which he is expected to safeguard, or not to act against, the financial interests of another person,

(b)dishonestly abuses that position, and

(c)intends, by means of the abuse of that position—

(i)to make a gain for himself or another, or

(ii)to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.

(2)A person may be regarded as having abused his position even though his conduct consisted of an omission rather than an act.

5“Gain” and “loss”

(1)The references to gain and loss in sections 2 to 4 are to be read in accordance with this section.

(2)“Gain” and “loss”—

(a)extend only to gain or loss in money or other property;

(b)include any such gain or loss whether temporary or permanent;

and “property” means any property whether real or personal (including things in action and other intangible property).
(3)“Gain” includes a gain by keeping what one has, as well as a gain by getting what one does not have.

(4)“Loss” includes a loss by not getting what one might get, as well as a loss by parting with what one has.

6.Possession etc. of articles for use in frauds

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if he has in his possession or under his control any article for use in the course of or in connection with any fraud.

(2)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or to both);

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or to a fine (or to both).

(3)Subsection (2)(a) applies in relation to Northern Ireland as if the reference to 12 months were a reference to 6 months.

7,Making or supplying articles for use in frauds

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if he makes, adapts, supplies or offers to supply any article—

(a)knowing that it is designed or adapted for use in the course of or in connection with fraud, or

(b)intending it to be used to commit, or assist in the commission of, fraud.

(2)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or to both);

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to a fine (or to both).

(3)Subsection (2)(a) applies in relation to Northern Ireland as if the reference to 12 months were a reference to 6 months.

8“Article”

(1)For the purposes of—

(a)sections 6 and 7, and

(b)the provisions listed in subsection (2), so far as they relate to articles for use in the course of or in connection with fraud,

“article” includes any program or data held in electronic form.
(2)The provisions are—

(a)section 1(7)(b) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60),

(b)section 2(8)(b) of the Armed Forces Act 2001 (c. 19), and

(c)Article 3(7)(b) of the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989/1341 (N.I. 12));

(meaning of “prohibited articles” for the purposes of stop and search powers).
9Participating in fraudulent business carried on by sole trader etc.

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if he is knowingly a party to the carrying on of a business to which this section applies.

(2)This section applies to a business which is carried on—

(a)by a person who is outside the reach of [F1section 993 of the Companies Act 2006]F1(offence of fraudulent trading) , and

(b)with intent to defraud creditors of any person or for any other fraudulent purpose.

(3)The following are within the reach of [F2that section]F2—

(a)a company [F3(as defined in section 1(1) of the Companies Act 2006)];

(b)a person to whom that section applies (with or without adaptations or modifications) as if the person were a company;

(c)a person exempted from the application of that section.

(4)F4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)“Fraudulent purpose” has the same meaning as in [F5that section]F5.

(6)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or to both);

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to a fine (or to both).

(7)Subsection (6)(a) applies in relation to Northern Ireland as if the reference to 12 months were a reference to 6 months.

Having my self had a need to locate this person HCPC Registrant details and been unable to find these when i was at court in private family law matter as there was no one with the name of Sally Stephens this act of fraud caused my child and my self and family severe distress and delays and we was unable to act on any thing due to other reasons out of our control at cafcass.

Please explain to us why you are misleading the public on your website and any one who deals with Cafcass? or now the HCPC is being mislead that this person name is Sally? when it is Sara ?

If this is the case how many others named people do you employ who are working under a false name? and liaising with the public? Who are also under a false name on the HCPC Registar?

When dealing with any family the public have a right to know who they are dealing with and what there legal name is,would this not be part of your polices?

Please provide the policy for any cafcass worker when they are employed and what name would they have to give to be employed?

When joining the HCPC what evidence would some one have to provide? it would appear they can join under any name?

When dealing with families and children this could pose a serious safeguarding threat to the public and could be a serious issue that needs addressing with so many workers now being from over seas.

If These workers are able to become social worker and use a false name then ahead any serious issue could happen and this person could then leave the UK and be untraceable this is a serious breach to public safety.

We request how many of your workers are working under a false first name at Cafcass? or on the HCPC Registrar ?

We Also note there are many other names on the HCPC that show no town or city they are from we had trouble also locating a Ms Nicola Campbell who had no place showing which would of been in Birmingham as there was 2 Nicola Campells showing we were unsure which one was which this added delay and distress to issue we were looking at.

The HCPC Register seems to be in need of looking at so the public can access this with ease,and any person dealing with the Public should disclose there name and register number at HCPC so then they would not face the troubles we have had. or any reports they file to the court should clearly provide there details?

Is it offence in law and at HCPC to mislead the court? or named parties? that certain checks have been carried out with the police or safeguarding checks? please supply your policy on this? or file a false report or conceal data shared with HCPC?

What sanction do HCPC follow when evidence of fraud is discovered or that the court has been mislead and if records have been removed or deleted on a child or parent files?

Yours faithfully,

mark davis

Yours faithfully,

mark davis

FOI, Health and Care Professions Council

Dear Mr Davis

 

Thank you for your request for information about a HCPC registrant which
was received on 17 June 2016. We are treating this as a request under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We will deal with your request as promptly as possible and, at the latest,
within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request please
contact us using this email address, or the address below.

The reference number for your request is FR04686.

Yours sincerely

 

Maxine Pryce

Information Governance Officer

 

Health and Care Professions Council

Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road

London SE11 4BU

[1]www.hcpc-uk.org

 

 

 

 

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FOI, Health and Care Professions Council

Dear Mr Davis

 

Thank you for your request for information about a HCPC registrant which
was received on 17 June 2016.

 

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

In your request you raise concerns that a social worker practised under
the name Sally Stephens but was registered under the name Sara Stephens,
which you believe is misleading and potentially fraudulent.

 

I should clarify that each registrant on the HCPC Register has a unique
registration number. This is important as there may be other people on the
Register who have the same name and therefore this number makes it
possible to distinguish between them.

 

In Ms Stephens’ case she was already registered by the General Social Care
Council as Sara Stephens and therefore when the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC) took over the regulation of social workers on 1
August 2012 she automatically transferred to the HCPC Register under that
name. I note that she has since changed her registered name to Sally
Stephens to avoid any future confusion.

 

There are many legitimate reasons why a person can be registered in one
name and practice in another and it is not unusual. For example, a lot of
women are registered under their married names but may practise under
their maiden name and some people from abroad use different names for
cultural reasons. Furthermore, when a person registers with the HCPC they
have to provide proof of their identity. This will often be a copy of
their passport which will include the names with which they have been
registered at birth. However, it is quite common that they will be called
a different first name from an early age by their parents or friends to
that which shows on the passport, but they will be registered under the
name on their passport as that is their proof of identity. In such
circumstances it would not be unreasonable for a person to continue to
practice under the name they are known in day-to-day life even if it is
different to the name under which they are registered.

 

Consequently, whilst we recommend that individuals practice in the same
name as that under which they are registered, to avoid the potential of
any confusion, there is no requirement for them to do so. Therefore unless
you can demonstrate that Ms Stephens has used a different name for
professional purposes to that under which she has been registered for
fraudulent purposes rather than for a legitimate reason then there is no
reason to suggest she has acted inappropriately in that regard. If you
can, then that would be a matter for the Police to investigate in the
first instance.

 

I hope the above answers your questions in relation to Sally Stephens and
the evidential requirements for admission on the HCPC Register.

 

In your request, you also ask the question, ‘what sanction do HCPC follow
when evidence of fraud is discovered or that the court has been mislead
and if records have been removed or deleted on a child or parent files?’

 

All allegations against HCPC registrants are considered on a case-by-case
basis. The decision as to whether a sanction should be imposed on a
registrant whose fitness to practise has been found to be impaired is
properly a matter for the Panel which heard the case. Panels operate
independently from the Council and it would be inappropriate for the
Council to seek to establish a fixed ‘tariff’ of sanctions. Panels must
decide each case on its merits and that includes deciding what, if any,
sanction to impose. We have set out an Indicative Sanctions Policy,
available on our website at
[1]http://www.hcpc-uk.org/assets/documents/....
This policy is intended to assist Panels to make fair, consistent and
transparent decisions.

 

 

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Maxine Pryce

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Health and Care Professions Council

Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road

London SE11 4BU

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