Watchdog suspends Leeds City Council social worker

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A Leeds social worker has been suspended by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for six months for a “lack of competence”.

The organisation has suspended Clare Raissa Lynam from its register after the Leeds City Council worker admitted failures to deliver minutes from meetings to parents, attend arranged meetings and record follow-up action.

The HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Miss Lynam was investigated for breaching management instructions around timekeeping and neglecting her duties as a social worker in January 2013.

A year later the allegations were upheld and she was offered a job as an administrative assistant in the council’s fostering and adoption business support team.

Due to illness Miss Lynam had been off work since December 2012 and returned to work on May 28 last year, prompting the HCPC to deem that her skills and knowledge as a social worker might not be up to date.

HCPC panel chair Lubna Shuja said: “If she was to return to unrestricted practice as a social worker, service users could be at risk.”

A Leeds City Council spokesman said it does not comment on specific HR issues but said “robust checking procedures” are in place for all staff working with children.

He added: “The council will always take appropriate steps in accordance with our disciplinary policy and rules.”