Ms Adelaide Arkorful

Profession: Social worker

Registration Number: SW66537

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 09:00 01/10/2018 End: 16:00 04/10/2018

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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Allegation

Whilst registered with the HCPC as a Social Worker and during the course
of your employment with the London Borough of Newham (LBN) between
around 6 June 2016 and 9 December 2016, you:

1. In relation to Family A,

a) Did not visit Family A between around 20 June 2016 and 12 August
2016;

b) In the Child in Need Visit Forms dated 12 August 2016, 18 August 2016,
20 September 2016, 21 October 2016 and 03 November 2016, you:

i. Did not address the concerns from the Child in Need plan made on 20
June 2016;

ii. Did not progress the Child in Need plan;

iii. Gave minimal detail about observations and/or interactions with the children.

c) Did not record minutes and/or keep any written records regarding issues
discussed at Child in Need meetings;

d) Did not set any actions following the Child in Need meetings;

e) Did not consider and/or put in place any additional support for Family A;

f) Did not explore why Adult Services had stopped working with the mother;

g) Did not explore why a Family Support Worker provided by Adult
Services had stopped escorting the mother and Child A to and from the
Children’s Centre;

h) Did not safeguard Child B (a small baby) when advised by Family
Support Worker A that its mother leaves Child B at home alone when she
drops Child A to school, in that you:

i. Did not record sufficient information relating to home visits.

ii. Did not update/communicate with the Family Support Worker following
the home visits.

iii. Did not take any further action in relation to this concern.

2. In relation to Family B:

a) Lent approximately £20.00 to Child C’s mother.

b) On or around 18 November 2016, took 3 hours and 45 minutes to arrive
at Child C’s school after being informed that child C’s mother was not at
school to pick up Child C at 15:40 hours.

c) On the morning of 21 November 2016, you:

(i) did not update Child C’s school about Child C’s welfare, and

(ii) when Child C’s school telephoned you, you were uncertain about where
Child C had stayed over the weekend and/or whether it would be okay for
Child C’s mother to collect Child C from school.

d) during your telephone conversation with staff at Child C’s school on 21
November 2016 referred to Child C’s mother as “manipulating everyone”,
or words to that effect.

e) on or around 25 November 2016, indicated to Child C’s school that care
proceedings would be brought but did not take any further action in relation to this.

f) Did not ensure attendance by a social worker at the core group meeting on 15 December 2016, in that you did not inform a manager that you were unwell after 9 December 2016.

3. Did not consistently record child protection visits on the LBN’s Carefirst system in a timely manner, in that you:

a) In the case of Child D, recorded child protection visits on 28 September 2016, being around 68 days overdue;

b) In the case of Child E, recorded child protection visits on 27 October 2016, being around 39 days overdue;

c) In the case of Child F, recorded child protection visits on 31 October 2016, being around 35 days overdue;

d) In the case of Child G, recorded child protection visits on 10 November 2016, being around 25 days overdue;

e) In the case of Child H, recorded child protection visits on 10 November 2016, being around 25 days overdue.

4. Did not consistently record Child in Need visits on LBN’s Carefirst system in a timely manner, in that you:

a) In the case of Child I, recorded child in need visits on 20 September 2016, being around 76 days overdue;

b) In the case of Child J, recorded child in need visits on 29 September 2016, being around 67 days overdue;

c) In the case of Child K, recorded child in need visits on 29 September 2016, being around 67 days overdue;

d) In the case of Child L, recorded child in need visits on 01 November 2016, being around 34 days overdue;

e) In the case of Child M, recorded child in need visits on 01 November 2016, being around 34 days overdue;

f) In the case of Child N, recorded child in need visits on 01 November 2016, being around 34 days overdue;

g) In the case of Child O, recorded child in need visits on 03 November 2016, being around 32 days overdue.

5. The matters set out in paragraphs 1 - 4 constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence.

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

Finding

No information currently available

Order

No information currently available

Notes

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

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Ms Adelaide Arkorful

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
01/10/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Adjourned part heard