Social worker Robert M Anderson (SW20724) has been struck off the HCPC Register following a substantive review of a suspension order originally imposed on 14 June 2012.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Anderson was originally suspended for three months on the grounds of misdemeanour whilst employed as a social worker with Birmingham City Council.
The Panel further heard that Mr Anderson’s failings included not taking sufficient steps to safeguard children, including failing to act adequately upon receipt of information that two children may be at risk of harm through contact with a Schedule 1 Sex Offender. He also failed to respond appropriately when he was made aware that a further child had been sexually abused.
An initial suspension order was imposed, and was since reviewed and carried a further 5 times. At this substantive review the Panel ordered for the name of Robert M Anderson to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Panel Chair Graham Aitken commented:
“Mr Anderson has not managed to remediate his failings or demonstrate sufficient insight, despite being provided with many years in which to do so. Accordingly this order was necessary to protect the public and was otherwise in the public interest to maintain public confidence in the profession and declare and uphold proper standards of conduct and behaviour.”
Mr Anderson 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. https://www.hcpts-uk.org/aboutus/roleofhcptribunalservice
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 www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
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
- Hearing aid dispensers
- Occupational therapists
- Operating department practitioners
- Practitioner psychologists
- Prosthetists / orthotists
- 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.