Social worker suspended on grounds of misconduct

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Social worker suspended

Jacquelin Irene Luxton (SW11719) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months on grounds of misconduct whilst employed for Somerset County Council between around June 2013 and 21 October 2014.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Ms Luxton did not adequately explore the conflicts in views between professionals involved in in the care of Child 1 before placing Child 1 with Person A and Person B; and did not explore the needs of Child 1 and or the potential implications of the psychologist’s opinion. 

The Panel further heard that she did not follow management instruction and failed to keep accurate and / or updated records in relation to multiple families and individuals. 

Panel Chair Sheila Needham commented:

“Given the nature of Ms Luxton’s conduct, together with the lack of remediation and insight, the Panel were satisfied that a Suspension Order, would provide the appropriate protection to service users. Such as Order is also required to maintain public confidence in the profession, as well as declare professional standards, as it marks the seriousness of the departure from proper standards, displayed by Ms Luxton.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Jacquelin Irene Luxton to be suspended from the HCPC Register for six months.

Ms Luxton 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.

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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.