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Social worker struck off following substantive review

03/01/2017 - 15:59

Social worker struck off

Social worker Carole D Hobson has been struck off the HCPC Register following a substantive review of a suspension order originally imposed on 01 July 2014.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Ms Hobson was originally suspended on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a family court advisor for CAFCASS.

The Panel further heard that Ms Hobson’s original failings included breaching confidentiality by sending emails containing case related material to a solicitors’ firm and her personal email account, as well as sending information from a colleague’s electronic folders to solicitors without authorization. Ms Hobson also failed to complete case plans for approximately 15 cases, did not close cases within the stipulated time frame and did not take timely action on a number of cases.

Panel Chair Pamela Mansell commented:

“The Panel noted that Ms Hobson did not intend to resume practice as a social worker. Moreover the Panel took into account that this was the third review of an order originally made on 1 July 2014 and throughout that period Ms Hobson had not done anything to address the deficiencies that were identified in the substantive hearing. In all the circumstances the Panel concluded that a striking off order was the only appropriate and proportionate sanction.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Carole D Hobson to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Ms Hobson was neither present nor represented at the hearing.


Notes to Editors:

1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

2. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

4. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit

5. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

6. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.


Caitlin Drysdale
44 (0)20 7840 9806

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