Mrs Jayne Whittaker

: Social worker

: SW64990

: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing:10:00 21/12/2017 End: 17:00 21/12/2017

: Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS), 405 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PT

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

Allegation

Allegation (as amended at the final hearing):


Between April 2014 and July 2015, during your employment as a Social Worker for Lancashire County Council, you:
1. In relation to Child A you:
a) Did not progress the matter to a strategy discussion;
b) Accommodated the child under a Section 20 agreement instead of a permanence plan;
c) Did not undertake and/or record statutory visits after 13 March 2015;
d) Arranged for a social worker who had a child at the same placement as Child A to undertake your statutory visits;
e) After the Child Looked After review of 18 June 2015, you did not follow up the Independent Reviewing Officer’s recommendation for the Local Authority to consider issuing care proceedings;
f) Did not present a permanence plan at the second Child Looked After review;
g) Did not complete the Personal Education Plan in a timely manner.

2. In relation to Child B you:
a) Did not progress the matter to a strategy discussion.
b) Did not complete the Child and Family assessment in a timely manner;
c) Did not see and/or record seeing the child during a Child Protection Visit which took place on 29 May 2015;
d) Did not undertake and/or record any Child Protection visits after 29 May 2015;
e) Did not undertake any follow-up home visits to ensure safety measures were in place after the child attended Accident and Emergency on 10 June 2015;
f) Did not undertake and/or record any actions on the case after 15 June 2015.
 
3. In relation to Child C you:
a) Did not undertake and/or record a Section 47 assessment;
b) Did not complete and/or record the following actions on 5 June 2015, as directed by the Practice Manager:
i. Undertake a visit to the child
ii. Liaise with Police and Refuge

4. In relation to Child D you did not progress the matter to a strategy discussion.

5. In relation to Children E you:
a) Did not undertake a Section 47 assessment between 06 January 2015 and 31 March 2015;
b) Did not undertake and/or record statutory visits within required timescales.

6. In relation to Child F you did not progress the matter to a strategy discussion.

7. In relation to Children G you:
a) Did not undertake a statutory visit within the required timescale
b) Did not visit one of the two children on or around 1 June and/ or 3 July 2015.

8. In relation to Children H you:
a) Did not complete a Child and Family assessment in a timely manner;
b) Did not see and/or record seeing the children;
c) Did not undertake and/or record any actions on the case after 19 June 2015.

9. In relation to Child I you:
a) Did not undertake a home visit within statutory timescales;
b) Did not complete a Child and Family assessment in a timely manner.

10. In relation to Children J, between approximately 24 April 2014 and 27 August 2014, you:
a) Did not complete a Child and Family assessment in a timely manner
b) Did not see and/or record seeing the children
c) Did not complete a Section 37 report.
    
11. In relation to Child K you:
a) Did not complete a Child and Family assessment in a timely manner;
b) Did not see and/or record seeing the child as part of the Child and Family assessment;
c) Did not meet with the child’s father prior to completing assessment;
 
12. In relation to Child L, you did not raise concerns about the mother sniffing aerosols.

13. In relation to Child M you did not undertake and/or record any actions on the case.

14. In relation to Child N you did not undertake and/or record any actions on the case.

15. In relation to Child O you did not undertake and/or record any actions on the case.

16. In relation to Children P you did not undertake and/or record any actions on the case.

17. Informed your line manager that you:
 
a) Had seen the following children when you had not:
i. Child A;
ii. Children E;

b) Completed case actions when you had not in relation to the following cases:
i. Child A
ii. Children G

18. Your actions as described in paragraph 17 were dishonest.

19. 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 is a reconvened hearing of a case which part heard on the 12 October 2017.

Hearing history

History of Hearings for Mrs Jayne Whittaker

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
21/12/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held
09/10/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Adjourned part heard