Social worker struck off on grounds of misconduct and dishonesty


Stephen Anthony Allen (SW201649) has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct and dishonesty whilst employed as a social worker with Birmingham City Council in his role as an Approved Mental Health Practitioner.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Allen failed to interview Service User A and Service B in accordance with the Mental Health Act 1983 before making an application for their detention.

The Panel further heard that Mr Allen signed Form A6 to say that he had interviewed Service User A and B as part of his assessment as to whether detention in hospital was appropriate when this was not true.

Panel Chair Graham Aitken commented:

“The evidence before the Panel demonstrated that Mr Allen was aware he was signing the forms knowing that he had not interviewed Service User A or Service User B as part of his assessment in which of each of their cases as to whether detention in hospital was appropriate.

The Panel determined that Mr Allen’s fitness to practise is currently impaired on both personal and public interest considerations.”

The Panel ordered to strike the name of Stephen Anthony Allen from the HCPC Register with an Interim Order to cover the appeal period.

Mr Allen was did not attended the hearing and was not represented.


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.