Social worker suspended following substantive review

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Social worker Deliwe Mary Mhlanga (SW56615) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months following a substantive review of a suspension order originally imposed on 18 January 2017.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mrs Mhlanga was originally suspended for a period of twelve months on the grounds of a lack of competence and misconduct whilst employed as a social worker with Kent County Council.

The Panel further heard that Mrs Mhlanga’s failing included being unable to manage the risk identified by Service User A’s behaviour and communicating inappropriately with Service User A’s parent. She was also found to have congratulated Service User B when the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue allegations of child sexual abuse.

Panel Chair John Walsh commented:

“In the absence of any evidence of remediation and insight into her failings, the Panel identified a risk of repetition and an associated risk of harm to service users. The Panel therefore concluded that Mrs Mhlanga’s fitness to practice remains impaired.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Deliwe Mary Mhlanga to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further twelve months.

Mrs Mhlanga 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.