Social worker struck off for faking council records
PUBLISHED: 17:02 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:02 31 August 2017
A social worker has been stuck off ‘to protect the public’ after he falsified records for North Somerset Council to hide the fact he was missing key meetings.
Mark Henry has been criticised for being ‘repeatedly dishonest’ after skipping meetings in relation to three different cases, before trying to cover up his mistakes by incorrectly logging that he had attended them.
The Health & Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) earlier this month held a misconduct hearing.
It ruled that Mr Henry had ‘failed in his duty’ to support young people.
The HCPTS struck him off and its findings say his misconduct involved ‘repeated dishonesty’ and likely had an ‘adverse impact’ on young offenders and a victim of domestic violence.
In March 2015 Mr Henry was assigned to the case of a young offender who had been charged with assaulting his then girlfriend.
The social worker was due to meet with police to discuss how to support the offender and reduce the risk of harm to the parties involved.
But he failed to turn up to the meeting and the panel was told he ‘forgot’ due to the anniversary of his mother’s death.
Mr Henry also failed to attend a meeting at a prison in January 2016 where multiple agencies were due to discuss a plan for a young person who had served seven months in prison.
Mr Henry was on annual leave and the panel was told he did not believe him missing the meeting was ‘that much of an issue’.
A third young person should have had contact with Mr Henry four times a month, but when his line manager checked on the council’s electronic system there were no logged meetings in two months.
Mr Henry updated the records, adding five fake appointments, but the young person told Mr Henry’s line manager he had not seen him ‘for months’.
The HCPTS’ findings say: “(His misconduct) is likely to undermine the relationship of trust required between social workers and service users.”
It also says the panel found ‘no evidence’ of remorse from Mr Henry, or any acknowledgement of the impact his misconduct had on others.
They said striking-off was the ‘only appropriate sanction’ to protect the public and maintain confidence in the profession.
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