Dear Herefordshire Council,

1. Between January 2016 and January 2019, how many qualified social workers employed by Herefordshire Council were a practising social worker before first being registered with the relevant authority (The HCPC)?
Please provide separate figures for Adults and Wellbeing Services and Children's Services.

It may be helpful for you to know I am aware of at least one instance, having evidence of such, where a Herefordshire Council Adults and Wellbeing social worker was practising without first being registered with The HCPC.

2. Of those individuals identified as an unregistered yet practising social worker by any member of the public or staff of Herefordshire Council, what action was taken by Herefordshire Council?
Please refer to The Care Standards Act 2000; denoting it is a criminal offence for a social worker to be practising without first being registered with The HCPC.

3. How many social workers are currently employed by Herefordshire Council in Adult Social Care (Adults and Wellbeing)?

4. How many social workers are currently employed by Herefordshire Council in Children's Social Care (Children's Services)?

Yours faithfully,

Chris Bury

Access To Information, Herefordshire Council

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Please see attached response to your recent FOI request.

 

 

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Dear Access To Information,

Thank you for the response.

Regarding item 1 of my FOI request. Can you please clarify why Herefordshire Council state 'we have no evidence of any social workers in Adults Wellbeing practising without being HCPC registered.'
Notable as some of the evidence I have originated from Herefordshire Council?

Regarding item 2 of my FOI request, I understand the name of the person you refer to is public knowledge. However, I will rephrase my question.
Can you please clarify how Herefordshire Council would deal with a Social Worker conduct wise if he or she is found or was found not to be registered with the HCPC?
Please refer to The Care Standards Act 2000; denoting it is a criminal offence for a social worker to be practising without first being registered with The HCPC.

Please also answer the following:

1. How many Social Workers have put reports to the Family Court arena and then it found they were not registered with the HCPC, please give statistics for the past 48 calendar months?

2. How many social workers have Herefordshire Council suspended since January 2012?

3. How many social workers have Herefordshire Council dismissed since January 2012?

4. How many social workers of Herefordshire Council have been struck off by The HCPC since January 2012?

Yours sincerely,

Chris Bury

Access To Information, Herefordshire Council

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Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your email. I will seek a response to your queries item 1
and 2 and respond further in due course. Your additional questions will be
logged as a new request for which you will be sent a formal
acknowledgement in due course.

 

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Dear Sir,

 

Please find attached acknowledgement of your FOI request.

 

Kind Regards

 

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Information Access Team

Herefordshire Council

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Hereford

HR4 0LE

[3][email address]

 

 

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Dear Sir,

 

Please see further response to item 1 and 2 below:

 

Regarding item 1 of my FOI request. Can you please clarify why
Herefordshire Council state 'we have no evidence of any social workers in
Adults Wellbeing practising without being HCPC registered.'

Notable as some of the evidence I have originated from Herefordshire
Council?

 

Regarding item 2 of my FOI request, I understand the name of the person
you refer to is public knowledge. However, I will rephrase my question.

Can you please clarify how Herefordshire Council would deal with a Social
Worker conduct wise if he or she is found or was found not to be
registered with the HCPC?

Please refer to The Care Standards Act 2000; denoting it is a criminal
offence for a social worker to be practising without first being
registered with The HCPC.

 

A)      The council has noted your comments regarding your evidence for
item 1 of your request, this does not alter our response. Staff conduct is
dealt with through the council disciplinary policy, a copy of which is
attached.

 

In circumstances where standards of conduct or performance fall below
expected levels, Herefordshire Council may be required to work with the
Health & Care Professionals Council who are responsible for:

 

·         setting standards for professionals' education and training and
practice;

·         keeping a register of professionals who meet HCPC standards; and

·         taking action if professionals do not meet HCPC standards.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, further
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https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/downloa...

 

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Kind Regards

 

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Herefordshire Council

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From: Access To Information
Sent: 01 April 2019 13:13
To: 'Chris Bury' <[FOI #554604 email]>
Subject: RE: FOI IAT 17953.

 

Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your email. I will seek a response to your queries item 1
and 2 and respond further in due course. Your additional questions will be
logged as a new request for which you will be sent a formal
acknowledgement in due course.

 

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Dear Sir,

 

Please see the attached.

 

Kind regards

 

Christine

 

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Christine Dallow                                                     
     Corporate Support

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Dear Access To Information,

Can Herefordshire Council explain why the response to Q1 is 'nil'?
Notably, as information provided to me verifies at least one instance of such happening.

I look forward to reading the reply.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Bury

Access To Information, Herefordshire Council

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email.

The council notes your comments regarding information that you claim has been provided to you, this does not alter our response.

Regards

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Corporate Support
Herefordshire Council
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Chris Bury left an annotation ()

I have marked this particular FOI request as rejected because Herefordshire Council has used deliberate obfuscation to withhold accurate and truthful information regarding at least one social worker practising without first being registered with The HCPC; as is a mandatory requirement.

Chris Bury left an annotation ()

Additional information which conflicts with that of which Herefordshire Council provided, regarding The HCPC.
http://www.locumtoday.co.uk/article.php?...

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2017/06/...

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/11020...

Chris Bury left an annotation ()

Another social worker struck off:
http://thhb.co.uk/2016/10/28/social-work...

Dear Herefordshire Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Herefordshire Council's handling of my FOI request 'Social Worker Registration'.

Please provide full details of why the Herefordshire Council Information Access Team gave false information, appearing to intentionally hide accurate and truthful information from the public, in particular for the following:

A. How many social workers of Herefordshire Council were struck off by The HCPC since January 2012.

B. How many qualified social workers employed by Herefordshire Council were a practising social worker before first being registered with the relevant authority (The HCPC) between January 2016 and January 2019.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Chris Bury

Access To Information, Herefordshire Council

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Dear Sir,

Please find attached a letter regarding your request for an internal review.

Yours faithfully,

Information Access Team
Corporate Support
Herefordshire Council
Plough Lane | PO Box 4 | Hereford HR4 OLE

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