Mr Edward John Davies

Profession: Social worker

Registration Number: SW24307

Interim Order: Imposed on 08 Feb 2017

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 09:00 08/10/2018 End: 11:00 08/10/2018

Location: ETC Venues, Avonmouth House, 6 Avonmouth Street, London, SE1 6NX

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Suspended

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Allegation

The following allegation was considered by a Panel of the Conduct and Competence Committee at a Substantive Hearing on 21-22 September 2017.


While registered as a Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council:

1. On 25 October 2016 at North and East Devon Magistrates' Court, you were convicted of:

a) Between 14 July 2015 and 17 July 2015 at Bradninch Exeter in the County of Devon being a person who attained the age of 16 years, and having responsibility for child A, a child under that age, wilfully assaulted, ill-treated, neglected, abandoned or exposed the said child A in a manner likely to cause child A unnecessary suffering or injury to health contrary to section 1(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.

2. By reason of your conviction as set out at paragraph 1, your fitness to practise as a Social Worker is impaired.


The panel at the substantive hearing found the following:


Facts Proved: 1(a)

Facts Not Proved: None

Grounds: Conviction


The panel found the Registrant’s fitness to practise to be impaired and a Suspension Order for a period of 12 months was imposed as a sanction.

At the same hearing, another Registrant, namely a Mrs A faced a similar allegation. The original panel came to the same conclusions as regards to Mrs A as it did as regards this Registrant. The hearing against both Registrants had been joined into one set of proceedings on 18 May 2017 because of the similar factual matrix.

Finding

Preliminary Matters

The Registrant to participate by video link.

1. The Registrant is presently travelling out of the country and asked to participate by video link. In the event a connection by Skype was established. The Panel, having taken the advice of the Legal Assessor, determined that this was appropriate.

Proceeding in private

2. Ms Brzezina on behalf of the HCPC, applied for the hearing to be held in private. This was in part on the basis that the information that the Registrant was about to give, would relate to his private life and to his health. The application also related to the circumstances of the case which surrounded Child A, whose identity could be revealed notwithstanding the redaction of the child’s name. The Registrant supported this application. The Panel accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor and determined that it was appropriate for proceedings to be held in private in order to protect the private life of the Registrant and the identity of the child who featured in this case.


Decision

3. The Panel determines that a further 12 months suspension, effective from the expiration of the existing Order, would be the appropriate and proportionate sanction.

Order

The Registrar is directed to suspend the registration of Mr Edward John Davies for a further period of 12 months on the expiry of the existing Order. 

Notes

The Order imposed today will apply from 20 October 2018.

This Order will be reviewed again before its expiry on 20 October 2019.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mr Edward John Davies

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
08/10/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Suspended