Social worker suspended for six months on grounds of Misconduct

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Julie Newton (SW91817) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a locum social worker by Plymouth City Council.

A panel of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service heard that failings found proved included recording that she had seen and spoken with Child A on 19 January 2016 when in fact the child had not been present.

The Panel further heard that in relation to Child B, Ms Newton recorded that she had visited Child B at home on 3 February 2016 when Child B had not been visited.

Panel Chair Sarah Hamilton Commented:

“The Panel acknowledged that dishonesty is not easy to remediate. However, there is no evidence before the Panel that Ms Newton has begun that process and in her last communication, of 2 March 2017, she told the HCPC that she was not ready to deal with her future."

The Panel concluded to suspend Ms Julie Newton for a period of six months with an interim suspension order to cover the appeal period.
Ms Julie Newton 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.

7. 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.