Social worker struck off on grounds of conviction


Valerie Abimbola Baiyewu (SW39076) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of conviction whilst registered as a social worker and employed by the London Borough of Merton.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mrs Baiyewu’s failings included assessing two service users on her caseload as having needs over and above those which they needed, in order to benefit herself.

The Panel further heard that Mrs Baiyewu and her partner rented a property and sub-let it to the two service users. Payments were then made to Mrs Baiyewu’s partner via a limited company which they had both set up.

Panel Chair Sadia Zouq commented:

“Mrs Baiyewu pled not guilty to the charges and was convicted following a jury trial. As there is no evidence of remorse and given the nature and severity of these offences involving dishonesty and an abuse of trust, the Panel is of the view that such serious conduct may not be capable of remediation.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Valerie Abimbola Baiyewu to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Mrs Baiyewu 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

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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.