Social worker struck off following substantive review

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Social worker struck off

Social worker David John Steare (SW38894) has been struck off the HCPC Register following a second substantive review of a suspension order originally imposed on 10 August 2016.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Steare was originally suspended for six months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed by Staffordshire County Council.

The Panel further heard that Mr Steare’s original failings included introducing and / or suggesting changes to Service User A’s intervention / care plan but not discussing the changes with other professionals or undertaking adequate risk assessment of these changes.

Panel Chair Khairun Butt commented:

“In the absence of any positive evidence of insight and remediation, the Panel was not satisfied that there has been any material change in circumstances, since the last review, with regards to the risk to service users and the consequential impact on public trust and confidence.”

The Panel ordered for the name of David John Steare to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Mr Steare 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 here:

4. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

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. To see the full list of protected titles please see
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.