Stephen Michael Briggs (SW22145) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered as a social worker with the HCPC and employed by Nottingham City Council as a child protection social worker.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that the IP address which resolves back to Mr Briggs’ registered name and home address was used to access a website used for sharing indecent images of children for approximately 13 hours, in this time approximately 46 threads were viewed.
The Panel further heard that on various hard drives owned by him, Mr Briggs was in possession of approximately four deleted folder names associated with child pornography, approximately three indecent movies of children and approximately 107 indecent images of children.
Panel Chair Clive Powell commented:
“The Panel concluded that the nature and seriousness of the misconduct, the lack of insight into the damage caused by it, and the ongoing risk of repetition is such that a striking off order is the only sanction that will provide ongoing protection to service users.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Stephen Michael Briggs to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Mr Briggs 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 here: https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/listing/201711081000-final_hearing-sw22145
4. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
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. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
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.