Alfred Dabi (SW89947) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst working as a social worker with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Dabi told colleagues he was related to Service User 1, a vulnerable elderly man, by marriage to his daughter, when this was not the case.
The Panel further heard Mr Dabi applied for financial assistance for Service User 1 but made no arrangement to pay the required contribution to Service User 1’s accommodation. He also added his name to the bank account of Service User 1 and made cash withdrawals for his own personal gain.
Panel Chair Paul Grant commented:
“Taken as a whole Mr Dabi’s behaviour represents a premeditated and systemic course of action designed to deprive a vulnerable and elderly service user, who was of questionable mental capacity, of his financial resources. Mr Dabi’s conduct can properly be described as deplorable and disgraceful.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Alfred Dabi to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Mr Dabi 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/201711131000-final_hearing-sw89947
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.