Social worker struck off on grounds of misconduct


Mr Roger St Elmo Cumberbatch (SW21298) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker at Southwark Council.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that whilst working within Southwark Council’s Children with Disabilities Team, concerns were raised about Mr Cumberbatch’s work towards the end of 2014. 

Following a period of support, including formal and informal supervision and guidance meetings at which his performance was discussed, an investigation was carried out. 

The Panel were satisfied that Mr Cumberbatch’s failings from December 2013 to August 2015 in respect of 16 service users, who were all vulnerable children, amounted to misconduct.

Panel Chair, Mrs Marian Killen, commented: 

“Roger St Elmo Cumberbatch’s fitness to practise remains impaired at the current time by reason of his misconduct. The nature of the misconduct needed active remediation by Mr Cumberbatch before he would be safe to return to unrestricted practice, but he has not demonstrated any intention to address his proven failings.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Roger St Elmo Cumberbatch to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Roger St Elmo Cumberbatch was neither present nor represented at the hearing. 


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

2. The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) is the fitness to practise adjudication service of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Although it is part of the HCPC, the distinct identity of the HCPTS seeks to emphasise that hearings are conducted and managed by independent Panels which are at arm's length from the HCPC. 

3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online

4. See information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings

5. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit

6. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. Full list of protected titles

  • Arts therapists
  • Biomedical scientists
  • Chiropodists / podiatrists
  • Clinical scientists
  • Dietitians
  • Hearing aid dispensers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Practitioner psychologists
  • Prosthetists / orthotists
  • Radiographers
  • Social workers in England
  • Speech and language therapists

7. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

8. Registrants can appeal the panel’s decision. Appeals are made directly to the High Court in England or Wales, the Court of Session in Scotland or the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland. Appeals must be made within 28 days of when the Notice of Decision and Order is served. The Panel’s order does not take effect until the appeal period has expired or the appeal has concluded.