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May I Just Mention

November 6, 2009

After reading the recent damning inspection report by the CHRE about the GSCC,  the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Kim Bromley-Derry, and his counterpart at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Jenny Owen, have just said about the GSSC : “Public confidence in the regulatory system lies at the heart of the public’s perception of the work we do.”

May I modestly mention that I did not have to read a CHRE report to realise something was very wrong at the GSCC. Back in July I blogged about the GSCC, the affair of Lynda Barnes. and the failure of the GSCC to carry out its functions properly. About the effect on the public perception of this failure I wrote : “The conclusion Joe Public will draw is that, just as he suspected, most social workers are not only useless but ex-cons too. Thanks GSCC.”.

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  1. November 10, 2009 12:26 am

    Well if you think Lynda Barnes did us not a lot of help, take a look at the latest conduct hearing outcome, from which I quote:

    “Craig McLoughlin, 54, who was employed by Sheffield City Council was found to have offered to buy Mr A, a user of services, an alcoholic drink despite knowing that he had been through detox for alcohol dependency. McLoughlin was drunk at the time and said to Mr A, whose father had passed away, words to the effect of “don’t worry about your Dad; I’ll be your Dad” and then went on to disclose to other people in the pub that he was Mr A’s social worker.”

    After that take a look at the latest list of up-coming cases, here:

    Meanwhile the GSCC are under special measures – you could not make it up!


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      November 10, 2009 10:06 am

      Thanks for that Wilt. The lists of upcoming and completed cases make interesting if yuk making reading. The case of Lynda Barnes struck me particularly because it seemed to me the GSCC, in knowingly accepting on to the Register a person who had been convicted of attempted murder whatever the mitigating circumstances, were demonstrating a utter lack of judgment.

      I am actually a bit reassured by the lists of upcoming and decided cases in that the facts alleged (in most cases) are clear and the GSCC seem now to be getting on with making decisions. What I do think is sad is that all this dirty linen has to be washed in public. Where a registered social workers is not contesting the facts alleged couldn’t he/she just resign from the Register?

  2. November 10, 2009 1:56 pm

    It is not possible to resign from the Register if under investigation – the GSCC need to get their pound of flesh first. I agree however on the distinction you bring to the Barnes case – what were they doing, the GSCC I mean?

    Anyway, in my estimation the GSCC are not much longer for this world despite their more recent better focused attention to case matters.

    Wilt 🙂

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