Social worker suspended for twelve months

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Social worker suspended for twelve months

Katherine Margaret Trivett (SW85542) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months on grounds of misconduct.

A panel of the HCPTS Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Ms Trivett had been employed as a Senior Support Worker with Out There Supporting Families of Prisoners Limited whilst registered as a social worker. Failings included not maintaining professional boundaries in relation to Person A in that she exchanged letters of a personal nature with Person A.

The Panel further heard that Ms Trivett failed to inform the prison Safer Custody Team that she transferred £150 from Person A’s post office account into an unknown account because he told her he was being threatened.

Panel Chair Stephen Fash commented:

“Ms Trivett was complicit in a potentially illicit prison activity in making a money transfer for Person A, and failed in her duty to report the threats Person A alleged had been made against him. This behaviour is not conduct the public would expect of an HCPC – registered practitioner”.

The Panel concluded that a twelve month suspension order was the most appropriate sanction and would allow Ms Trivett the opportunity to reflect further on the possibility of resuming her practice after further training.

Ms Katherine Margaret Trivett 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. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.