Mr Gary Keith Donald

Profession: Social worker

Registration Number: SW29122

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 30/11/2018 End: 12:30 30/11/2018

Location: Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS), 405 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PT

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Hearing has not yet been held

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As considered at the Final Hearing on 5 - 8 March 2018:

While registered as a Social Worker and engaged by Cumbria County Council as an agency Social Worker between 3 August 2015 and 16 October 2015:

1. You did not complete adequate case recordings in a timely manner for statutory visits that had taken place for the following service users:

i. Service User 2;
ii. Service User 4;
iii. Service User 5;
iv. Service User 6;
v. Service User 7;
vi. Service User 10;
vii. Service User 11;
viii. Service User 12;
ix. Service User 13;
x. Service User 14;
xi. Service User 15;
xii. Service User 16;
xiii. Service User 17;
xiv. Service User 18;
xv. Service User 19;
xvi. Service User 20.

2. In relation to Service User 2, you did not:

a. update the Child Sexual Exploitation risk assessment as directed;
b. update the Pathway Plan as directed.

3. In relation to Service User 3, you did not:
a. set up a Personal Education Plan review, despite agreeing to with the service user;
b. update the Pathway Plan.

4. In relation to Service User 4, you did not follow up on the contact request made by the service user.

5. In relation to Service User 5, you did not pursue the pathway planning to ensure the service user was ready for transition.

6. In relation to Service User 6, you incorrectly completed the passport application, which led to the application being rejected.

7. In relation to Service User 7, you:
a. allowed unsupervised contact with Mother 7 without completing the risk assessment;
b. did not complete the required paperwork for the CLA review as requested.

8. In relation to Service User 10, you did not update the care plan as requested.

9. In relation to Service Users 11 and 13, you did not provide Mother 11 with a copy of the assessment as requested.

10. In relation to Service User 15, you did not:
a. complete the Personal Education Plan;
b. obtain therapeutic support as required.

11. In relation to Service User 16 and Service User 17, you did not:
a. submit information for a placement search;
b. upload the minutes of the disruption meeting.

12. In relation to Service User 18 and Service User 19, you did not adequately involve Father 18.

13. In relation to Service User 20, you did not complete:
a. the letter box agreement within the agreed timescales;
b. the later life letter within the agreed timescales;
c. the Annex A report.

14. In relation to Service User 21, you did not:
a. complete the Personal Education Plan;
b. obtain Service User 21's wishes;
c. look at permanence for Service User 21.

15. In relation to Service User 22, you did not progress the placement as requested.

16. In relation to Service User 23, you did not undertake any work on this case in the four weeks it was allocated to you.

17. The matters set out in paragraphs 1-16 amount to misconduct and/or lack of competence.

18. By reason of your misconduct and/or lack of competence, your fitness to practise is impaired.

At the final hearing, the Panel found the following particulars proved: 1 (apart from 1.i), 2, 3, 4, 7b, 10a, 11b, 12, 13a, 13b, 14, 16 and the following not proved: 1.i, 5, 6, 7a, 8, 9, 10b, 11a, 13c, 15. The Panel went on to find misconduct and current impairment.

A Suspension Order of 9 months was imposed.


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Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mr Gary Keith Donald

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
30/11/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Hearing has not yet been held
05/03/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Suspended