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'Drunk' social worker admonished by GSCC

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on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 12:28
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A social worker who attended court hearings smelling of alcohol has been formally admonished for misconduct.

Fiona Crawford was found to have worked as a children's guardian for Cafcass in Peterborough between 2005 and 2007 while under the influence of drink.

On one occasion in August 2007 Crawford arrived late at court and was described as "not making sense and making odd comments", according to statements read to a General Social Care Council conduct committee.

One witness said that although she had not noticed a smell of alcohol on Crawford in a morning session at court in April 2007, she noticed a smell after lunch.

Another described Crawford as "shaky", while her line manager, Ann Butler, said Crawford's work was "chaotic" and her reports were "of poor standard and disorganised".

Crawford, who resigned from her post, admitted drinking up to four glasses of wine in the evening up to three times a week.

Giving evidence at a hearing in London, she said it was "obviously too much" and had now addressed this.

The committee found that drink had impacted on the performance of Crawford, who now works for Coventry Council, although she had not drunk alcohol during the day.

It said it was "not acceptable to attend court smelling of alcohol" and it called into question her reliability and dependability, but took into account the fact that she regretted her behaviour and there had been no repetition of the misconduct.

The committee issued an admonishment for the maximum period of five years.

Daniel Lombard
communitycare.co.uk

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A social worker has been sacked by Manchester Council after being caught possessing cocaine at a work-related party.

Niamh Duignan, 28, of Whalley Range, Manchester, was given a two-year conditional discharge by a judge at Chester Crown Court after admitting possession of the class A drug.

She was arrested on 28 May 2009 at a party along with a colleague, who was employed through a recruitment agency. The other woman was sacked shortly afterwards, while Duignan was dismissed following a disciplinary hearing.

The party was allegedly organised by Greater Manchester Police.

Duignan was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a forfeiture order for the drugs to be seized was issued.

Pauline Newman, the council's director of children's services, said in response to the incident in June last year: "We expect the highest standards of behaviour from our staff and our actions reflect that we take these allegations very seriously."

A social worker has been sacked by Manchester Council after being caught possessing cocaine at a work-related party. Niamh Duignan, 28, of Whalley...

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Social worker was at work under the influence of alcohol

A social worker from Belfast who turned up to work under the influence of alcohol and swore at a colleague has been suspended for six months.

Daniel Lombard
Tuesday 10 March 2009 12:20

A social worker from Belfast who turned up to work under the influence of alcohol and swore at a colleague has been suspended for six months.

A Northern Ireland Social Care Council conduct committee found Fionnuala Patricia Burke had committed a “serious breach” of the code of practice for social care workers.

The committee said Burke had not been reliable or dependable, and her behaviour called into question her suitability to work into social care.

"Lack of respect"

In using abusive language she was found to have breached the code of practice requiring social workers to work openly and co-operatively with colleagues, treating them with respect.

The committee felt suspending Burke from the register for six months was sufficient to protect the public and maintain confidence in social care services.

The hearing was held in private as Burke was suffering from ill health, which may have contributed to her behaviour, the committee said.