Miss Laura Unsworth

: Social worker

: SW89034

: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing:10:00 15/01/2018 End: 17:00 22/01/2018

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

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

Allegation

Whilst employed as a Social Worker at Lancashire County Council you:

1. Arranged for Service User A and/or Service User B to be placed in an agency placement:
a) Without the correct looked after child paperwork being completed;
b) Without the appropriate financial authority being granted by the senior manager.

2. Did not ensure that records were maintained in that:
a) In respect of Service User B, you:
i. did not record a Section 47 enquiry in a timely manner;
ii. did not record Parts 1 and 2 of the care plan on Lancashire Children's System (LCS) Pathways in a timely manner and before the CLA Review was due to take place on 6 May 2014.
b) In respect of Service User C:
i. You did not record a Pathway plan.
c) Between October 2013 and August 2014 you did not record sufficient visits and/or contacts regarding Service User D.
d) In respect of Service User E, you:
i. did not record a Pathway plan;
ii. did not record a strategy discussion and/or Section 47 enquiry following concerns raised on 14 January 2014, 18 March 2014 and/or 30 April 2014;
iii. did not record statutory visits which took place on or around 28 January 2014, 11 March 2014 and/or 18 March 202014 in a timely manner.
e) Between 17 January 2014 and July 2014 you did not adequately record visits and/or contacts regarding Service User F.
f) In respect of Service User G, you:
i. did not record statutory visits between 27 February 2014 and July 2014;
ii. between 30 January 2014 and July 2014, did not record sufficient contacts regarding Service User G.
g) In respect of Service Users H and I, you:
i. in relation to the Child Looked After (CLA) review on or around 23 June 2014, did not record the review on the LCS pathway;
ii. did not record statutory visits which took place on or around 8 July 2013, 30 September 2013 and/or 7 November 2013 in a timely manner;
iii. between 12 June 2013 and July 2014, did not record sufficient contacts regarding Service Users H and/or I.
h) In respect of Family J, you:
i. in relation to the Child Looked After (CLA) review on or around 22 January 2014, did not record the review on the LCS pathway;
ii. between 18 December 2013 and 12 May 2014 did not record sufficient statutory visits in a timely manner;
iii. did not file the care plan on the shared drive.
i) In respect of Service User K, you:
i. between 7 February 2014 and 16 July 2014, did not record statutory visits in a timely manner;
ii. did not record a Section 47 enquiry on the LSC Pathway.
j) In respect of Service User N, you:
i. did not record a Section 47 enquiry and / or strategy discussion on or around 24 June 2014 and/or 30 June 2014;
ii. did not record any visits to Service User N on or around 24 June 2014 and/or 30 June 2014.
k) In respect of Family O, you did not record statutory visits between 19 February 2014 and 21 May 2014.
l) In respect of Service User P, you did not record statutory visits between December 2013 and May 2014.

3. You did not visit Service User L within 72 hours of her being placed in her new placement on 2 July 2014.

4. In respect of Service User N, you did not progress the Child Looked After Review following the review meeting that was held on 24 February 2014.

5. You did not communicate effectively with families and other professionals in that:
a) you did not have adequate discussions with Family J about their move to Sweden and / or complete their passport applications in a timely manner;
b) in relation to Service User L, you did not provide the foster carers with a copy of the Placement Information Record when the child was placed into their care on or around 2 July 2014;
c) in or around July 2014, you did not respond in a timely manner to Service User L’s foster carers attempts to contact you.

6. You did not complete the care plan for Family O in a timely manner.

7. You did not write up a pathways plan for Service User K in a timely manner.

8. You did not follow the appropriate safeguarding procedures in relation to Service User E, in that you did not ensure that a strategy discussion and/or Section 47 enquiry was undertaken following concerns raised on 14 January 2014, 18 March 2014 and/or 30 April 2014.

9. You did not prepare a final statement and/or care plan in relation to Family J by 24 July 2014.

10. Did not follow management instructions in that despite being notified by Colleague A on 18 July 2014 that the agency request had not been approved, you did not take appropriate action.

11. The matters set out in paragraphs 1-10 amount to misconduct and/or lack of competence.

12. By reason of that 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 Miss Laura Unsworth

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
15/01/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held