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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Plymouth social worker struck off for lying about visits


By Neil Puffett
Children & Young People Now
15 April 2010

A social worker for Plymouth City Council has been removed from the social care register after falsely claiming she made visits to children when she had not.
In total, Charon Rae Salisbury was accused of not making frequent enough visits to eight children between October 2007 and March 2008.

Salisbury made entries on the council's recording system, Care First, listing the various dates she claimed to have visited the children
At a meeting of the General Social Care Council's (GSCC) conduct committee, which Salisbury did not attend, she was removed from the register after the committee found the allegations proved.

Mairead MacNeil, assistant director for children's social care at Plymouth Council, said: "This hearing result brings an end to a process that we began in April 2008, when the individual in question ceased to be a practising social worker for the council after swift, decisive action was taken and a referral made to the GSCC.
"The safety of children and young people in the city is of paramount importance to us and we have high expectations for the conduct of all our staff in children's social care.

"The vast majority of our staff meet and exceed those expectations, but where they do not, we have robust management systems in place to ensure we take the strongest possible action. Social workers carry out a very challenging and valuable job in our society, often under difficult circumstances, and the vast majority do so with great care and attention."

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