Mr Nicholas Joseph Blackburn

Profession: Social worker

Registration Number: SW26417

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 12/11/2018 End: 17:00 21/11/2018

Location: Health and Care Professions Council, 405 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PT

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Adjourned part heard

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While working as a Social Worker for Stockton on Tees Borough Council between approximately 28 July 2014 and 26 October 2015, you:

1. On or around 12 March 2015, attended the home of Service User A and:

a) told Service User B that your manager would like him to leave the house but gave the impression that no one would actually check that he had done so

b) suggested to Service User B that he should just "keep his
head down for a while and said  "I'm dealing with it and it will all be sorted within three to four weeks", or
words to that effect

c) did not inform Service User A of the reasons for the referral

d) left the property without ensuring that Service User B had left

e) informed your manager that Service User B had left the house which was not the case.

f) Did not ask for the new address of Service User B

g) Did not check whether children lived at the new address of Service User B

h) Asked a Social Work student to speak to the children of Service User
A when you should have done so yourself.

2. In relation to Service User C, on or around 12 March 2015, left a note for the service
user's parents stating "if you have not responded by Thursday 19 March 2015 I will request
that the police gain entry for me", or words to that effect

3. Did not take adequate steps to safeguard service users, in that you:

a) In relation to Service User D:

i. Did not speak to a Paediatrician in relation to concerns about Service User D prior to completing the Single Assessment  dated 14 August 2015

ii. Did not include relevant information from a PAMS assessment in your Single Assessment dated 14 August 2015

b) Closed the case of Service User E without first contacting Lifeline, an alcohol addiction agency, for up to date information about his father

c) Did not adequately discuss allegations of abuse with
Service User F

d) In the case of Service User R and his siblings, did not contact the children’s new school to establish the school’s view about their presentation and/or wellbeing

4. Made inappropriate comments about Service User F and / or their family

5. Did not undertake and/or record on RAISE (Case Management System) the following
visits and / or your attempts to visit:

a) Service User G and / or Service User H between 2 July 2015 and 12 August 2015.

b) Service User I between approximately 3 September 2015 and 30 September 2015

c) in the case of Service User J and siblings, between
7 and 14 September 2015

d) Service User K and/or siblings between 23 June
and 13 July 2015

e) the Children of Service User L between approximately 15 July 2015 and 12 August 2015

f) Service User M between approximately 8 July 2015 and 4
August 2015

g) Service User N between approximately 9 July 2015 and 11
August 2015

h) Service User O between approximately 3 July 2015 and 21 August 2015

i) Service User P between alone without the parents present
between approximately 9 July 2015 and 21 August 2015

j) Service User Q between 20 July 2015 and 27 July 2015

6. Did not complete in a timely manner:

a) Single Assessment for Service User I when asked to complete this by 22 September 2015

b) Single Assessment for Service User N until 19 August 2015; despite being told during supervision to complete it by 17 July 2015

c) single assessment in the case of Service User P between
approximately 7 July 2015 and 26 August 2015

d) single assessment in the case of Service User O

e) written agreement in the case of Service User R between
approximately 14 September 2015 and 28 September 2015

7. Did not include sufficient detail in the following:

a) case notes on RAISE for Service User K, in that it does not indicate:

i) who was present during the visit on 23 and/or 25 June 2015

ii) whether the step-father of Service User K can return to the home

b) Single Assessments for:

i) Service User E

ii) Service User G

iii) Service User H in that it was inadequate as you completed it before

I) Contacting Service User H’s drug service and/or

II) Viewing the Family Support Team assessments

iv) Service User K

v) Service User M

vi) Service User N

vii) Service User R

viii) Service User 1

ix) Service User 2

x) Service User 3

xi) Service User 5

xii) Service User 6

c) social worker's report for service user 1

8. Did not consistently complete:

a) case notes and/or visits within in a timely manner in respect of the following service users

i) Service User I

ii) Service User J and siblings

iii) Service User K

iv) Service User L and siblings

v) Service User M

vi) Service User S

vii) Service User T

viii) Service User U

ix) Service User 4

b) In the case of Service User N:

i) AIM1

c) a record the professional's details and/or concerns raised by professionals in the cases of:

i) Service User D

ii) Service User I

iii) Service User 4

9. Did not consistently file confidential information in a secure manner, in that you left loose
pieces of paper containing service user names and case numbers on your desk and in your drawers.

10. Your actions at paragraph 1e were dishonest

11. The matter described in paragraph 1e constitutes misconduct

12. The matters set out in paragraphs 1 – 10 constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence.

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


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This hearing adjourned, part heard. The date for the reconvened hearing is to be confirmed.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mr Nicholas Joseph Blackburn

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
24/06/2019 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Conditions of Practice
12/11/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Adjourned part heard