A social worker has lost his job after he revealed the location of a pregnant woman to her alleged abuser.
The man worked for Sefton Council in Merseyside where, in 2015, he investigated reports of a woman who had jumped from a bedroom window to escape her partner. She reportedly had a mark on her face which suggested she had been stamped on along with bruises over her arms.
During an interview with the woman’s boyfriend, the social worker told him where she would be for an upcoming meeting. A tribunal at the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service office in London, the organisation which determines if people are fit to be social workers, declared that this disclosure put the woman and her unborn child in danger of harm.
In addition to informing the man of her future whereabouts, the social worker also made personal comments about her, saying she was “not a bad looking girl” and had “some sort of personality disorder”. He told the partner there were “plenty more fish in the sea” and gave him advice about evading drug tests.
The details of this conversation were only revealed because the man he was talking to recorded the conversation. A senior member of Sefton Council told the tribunal that when the social worker heard the recording he “simply hung his head”.
The tribunal ruled that his actions “amounted to an inversion of the role of a social worker” as he had “disregarded the safety of the [woman] and her unborn child but instead chose to prioritise the needs of her alleged abuser who was a dangerous and violent individual”. They concluded that all of the allegations made against him had been proved and that “the misconduct in this case was incompatible with remaining on the Register” of social workers.
Back in June, another social worker was struck off after making a false claim that a woman had threatened to kill herself and her children.
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