Social worker struck off following review of a suspension

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Nokuthula Agnes Mlam Bokwe has been struck off the HCPC Register following a review of a 12 month suspension order originally imposed on 11 January 2017 on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker with Shropshire Council.

Nokuthula Agnes Mlam Bokwe has been struck off the HCPC Register following a review of a 12 month suspension order originally imposed on 11 January 2017 on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker with Shropshire Council.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that the allegations against Ms Bokwe related to seven cases she was assigned whilst working in the Safeguarding Department in Children’s Social Work, where she was responsible for working with children in need and care.

The Panel further heard that Ms Bokwe’s failings included not ensuring and / or recording that a police check was carried out on a person interacting with Service User B; not liaising with and / or recording that she liaised with other agencies involved with Family F including the school and police; and not seeing and / or recording that she had seen the four children of Family A alone and had undertaken a police check.

Panel Chair Khairun Butt commented:

“ Mrs Bokwe placed vulnerable service users at risk of harm and undermined public trust and confidence in the profession. By not engaging with the HCPC and providing any evidence of insight or remediation, as suggested by the last Panel, Mrs Bokwe has effectively demonstrated her unwillingness or inability to remediate.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Nokuthula Agnes Mlam Bokwe to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Ms Bokwe was neither present nor represented at the hearing.

-ENDS-


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

4. See information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings

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. Full list of protected titles

  • Arts therapists
  • Biomedical scientists
  • Chiropodists / podiatrists
  • Clinical scientists
  • Dietitians
  • Hearing aid dispensers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Practitioner psychologists
  • Prosthetists / orthotists
  • Radiographers
  • 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.