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Social worker suspended for twelve months on grounds of misconduct


Pauline F Hanchard (SW78728) has been suspended from the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker for Wolverhampton City Council.

A panel of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service heard that failings included not taking appropriate safeguarding steps and / or recording that she had taken those steps when informed by Witness 3 of an injury to a child in Family 1.

The Panel further heard that she failed to complete fortnightly visits as required in the child protection plan for Family 2, and on more than one occasion in or around December 2014, advised her manager that she was re-registered with the HCPC when this was not the case.

Panel Chair Paul Grant commented:

“The Panel concludes that a Suspension Order is appropriate despite the risk of repetition. There are no psychological or other reasons preventing Ms Hanchard from remediating her misconduct and a suspension will protect the public.”

The Panel suspended the name of Ms Pauline F Hanchard from the HCPC Register for a period of 12 months.

Ms Hanchard attended via teleconference at the commencement of the hearing and at a later stage to deliver a statement to the Panel following the closing of the HCPC’s evidence.


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.