Social worker suspended on grounds of misconduct

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Social worker suspended

Pauline Stidwill (SW62293) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months following the review of a suspension imposed at a final hearing on 16 June 2017.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Ms Stidwill was originally suspended for six months on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker at North Yorkshire County Council.

The Panel further heard that Mrs Stidwill received a text from Service User A indicating that he was “feeling really suicidal” or words to that effect. Mrs Stidwill did not contact the service user, but forwarded the message to the office phone and failed to check if it had been received by a member of staff.  Mrs Stidwill also received concerns from Service User D’s mother that he was suicidal and failed to visit him in a timely manner.

Panel Chair Lesley White commented:

“In the absence of any positive evidence of insight and remediation, the Panel concluded that there was no evidence that there has been any material change in circumstances, with regards to the risk to service users and the consequential impact on public trust and confidence.”

The Panel concluded to suspend Ms Stidwill’s for a further six months.

Mrs Stidwill 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.