Mr Martin Christopher Ferris

Profession: Social worker

Registration Number: SW24389

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 22/07/2019 End: 17:00 26/07/2019

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

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

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Allegation

Whilst registered as a Social Worker and during your employment with Staffordshire County Council between 2015 and 2017, you:

1.On 24 November 2016:

a) Signed off Contact and Referral forms for Service User 1 and/or Service User 2 in your manager's name and/or

b) Backdated the signature on the Contact and Referral Forms to the 16 November 2016 and/or

c) Signed off the Contact and Referral Forms when you were not to complete any managerial duties and/or without your manager’s knowledge and/or consent.

2.In relation to Service User 3:

a) Did not explore safeguarding concerns that:

i. Service User 3’s mother was using heroin;

ii. Service User 3 had missed health appointments;

iii. Service User 3 was having contact with a man who was alleged to be his mother’s pimp; and/or

iv. Service User 3 was having contact with his father, who was known to be a perpetrator of domestic violence and/or a user of drugs and alcohol and/or was known to have carried weapons and/or have mental health problems.

b) did not complete the Child Social Work Assessment for Service User 3 in a timely manner.

3. In relation to Service User 4:

a) Did not appropriately recognise and/or respond to safeguarding concerns that Service User 4 had been smacked by his father;

b) Did not raise the alleged concerns noted above in particular 3a:

i. at a Child in Need meeting; and/or

ii. with Service User 4’s father.

c) did not detail and/or record Service User 4’s needs, feelings and/or wishes following your Child in Need meeting.

4. In relation to Service User 6, between 2015 - 2016, you:

a) Only met Service User 6 on two occasions;

b) Did not follow up actions regarding Service User 6 in a timely manner.

5. In regards to Service User 8:

a) On the 19 September 2015, undertook an Initial Visit Following Referral, and did not see Service User 8 during your visit; and/or

b) On the 14 October 2015 visited Service User 8 and did not detail and/or record Service User 8’s needs, feelings and/or wishes following your visit.

6. Your actions in paragraph 1 were dishonest.

7. The matters set out in paragraphs 1 and 6 constitute misconduct.

8. The matters set out in paragraphs 2 to 5 constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence.

9. By reason of your misconduct and/or lack of competence your fitness to

    practise is impaired.

Finding

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Order

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Notes

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Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mr Martin Christopher Ferris

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
22/07/2019 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held