Mrs Deliwe Mary Mhlanga

Profession: Social worker

Registration Number: SW56615

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 17/01/2019 End: 12:30 17/01/2019

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

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 the substantive hearing on 25-29 January 2016 and 9-12 & 16-18 January 2017.

During the course of your employment as a Social Worker with Kent County
Council between 03 October 2011 until 03 January 2014 you:

1. In relation to Service User A:

a. You were unable to manage the risk posed by Service User A's behaviour

b. On 06 March 2013 you were unable to articulate:

i. The chronology of events in relation to Service User A.

ii. Associated risk.

c. Communicated inappropriately with Service User A's parent in that you continued speaking to Service User A's parent regarding a potential foster carer for Service User A when you were aware that Service User A could hear the conversation.

d. [not proved]

e. Completed a form requesting Service User A have respite, when this was not approved by Senior Management.

f. [not proved]

2. In relation to Service User B:

a. You congratulated Service User B when the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue allegations of child sexual abuse.

b. [not proved]

c. [not proved]

3. On or around 17 September 2013 Service User C attended The Willows
and you:

a. Refused to see Service User C.

b. Did not make alternative arrangements to meet Service User C.

c. [not proved]

4. In relation to Service User D you:

a. Made comments to Service User D's children, namely:

i. 'Doesn't mummy play with you?' or words to that effect

ii. 'I think your mummy talks to much', or words to that effect;

iii. 'I think your mummy should let you live a life', or words to that effect;

iv. Why are you giving me a bashed up bus for, I need a fast car for when I have to rescue you one day', or words to that effect; and/or

b. Said to Service User D, 'Don't you do anything with your children', or words to that effect.

c. Breached the confidentiality of Service User D in that you informed the father of Service User D's child that Service User D changed the child's nursery and informed him of the address.

d. Did not record any visits on Service User D between 15 August 2013 and 16 September 2013.

5. On 05 April 2013 you were informed of a safeguarding issue in relation to
Service User E and you;

a. [not proved]

b. [not proved]

c. Did not inform Manager A of the safeguarding issue during supervision.

d. Visited Service User E on 05 April 2013 without considering all of the implications for the child.

6. On or around 18 July 2013 you were removed from working with a family as
you were unable to manage the complexity of the case.

7. Did not maintain confidentiality in that you:

a. Discussed with Service User A's older sibling the possibility of Service User A moving into foster care.

b. Discussed with Service User G the Child Protection plan in-front of a neighbour.

8. Produced reports of a poor quality, namely;

a. Service User H's Section 7 report dated 24 Apri12013.

b. Child Protection Conference Report relating to Service User A.

9. Did not take personal responsibility in that you submitted Service User H's poor quality Section 7 report to Legal Services without making the necessary changes highlighted, with the expectation that Legal Services would make the necessary amendments.

10. Were unable to work autonomously in that you required a large amount of direction with your casework.

11. Were unable to provide a clear and concise over view of your cases to Team Manager A in that you could not consistently:

a. Advise of why social services were involved with the families on your caseload.

b. Advise of the plan in place to support the families on your case load.

12. You did not demonstrate the required time management skills, in that you:

a. Did not co-ordinate visits to the same area and/or same family on the same day.

b. Needed reminders from Manager A to complete Section 7 reports

13. [not proved]

a. [not proved]

b. [not proved]

c. [not proved]

14. You were unable to consistently carry a full case load.

15. Made incorrect mileage expense claims on a number of occasions
including:

a. 20 December 2012

b. 04 February 2013

c. 21 February 2013

d. 22 February 2013

e. 1 March 2013

f. 28 March 2013

g. 04 April 2013

h. 05 April 2013

i. 11 April 2013

j. 29 April 2013

k. 09 May 2013

I. 20 May 2013

m. 21 May 2013

n. 24 May 2013

o. 31 May 2013

16. [not proved]

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

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

Finding

Preliminary matters

Proceeding in private

1. The Panel acceded to the application by Ms Iskander, supported by the Registrant’s husband, that the entire hearing should take place in private to protect the Registrant’s private life and, in particular, her health. As such, this is a redacted public copy of the private decision.

Order

That the Registrar is directed to suspend the registration of Ms Deliwe Mary Mhlanga for a further period of 12 months on the expiry of the existing order.

Notes

This Order will be reviewed by 15 February 2020.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mrs Deliwe Mary Mhlanga

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
17/01/2019 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Suspended
11/01/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Suspended
09/01/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Suspended
25/01/2016 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Adjourned