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Social worker struck off on grounds of misconduct and lack of competence

10/01/2017 - 15:16

Social worker struck off

Dawn Bradshaw has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct and a lack of competence whilst employed as a social worker for the Children in Need Team at Shropshire Council.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mrs Bradshaw’s failings related to several cases, and included failing to discuss an incident of domestic violence in a core group meeting for Family B and not fully investigating a bite mark on Child B’s leg.

The Panel further heard that in relation to Family C Mrs Bradshaw did not report an incident of Child C self-harming to her mother. She also inappropriately disclosed confidential information to Child D that Child C was violent, had Asperger’s Syndrome and had difficulties at home, she then asked Child C not to mention the information as “she would get in trouble if she did”.

Panel Chair Jacki Pearce commented:

“The Panel was mindful of its finding that Mrs Bradshaw was likely to repeat her misconduct and other failings because of her lack of competence. Furthermore, these are matters that involved, amongst others, serious breaches of confidentiality.
The Panel has found that Mrs Bradshaw has not demonstrated insight into her misconduct or lack of competence, has disengaged from the process, and has not provided any evidence of insight or remorse.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Dawn Bradshaw to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Mrs Bradshaw 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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