Thursday, 28 April 2016

Social worker removed from register for sharing confidential information

"A child protection social worker who used a personal laptop to create documents containing confidential information about families she worked with has been removed from the Welsh social care register."

"A Care Council for Wales fitness-to-practise committee concluded that she had asked another person to type four documents containing sensitive information on a laptop owned by a third person."

"The person believed to have typed the documents, which included names of families and information about their personal problems, subsequently made a complaint to Denbighshire County Council that led to disciplinary action against the social worker."

"The committee agreed with the council that the complaint was maliciously motivated but said that made no difference to the fact that the social worker had deliberately disclosed confidential information..."

"One family, the committee noted, had threatened to sue the local authority over the incident."

"In addition by releasing the information to third parties the social worker risked damaging the councils relationships with other agencies and professionals, which in turn could have undermined the information sharing that is crucial to child protection work."

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