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Social worker suspended on grounds of misconduct

15/02/2017 - 13:56

Social worker suspended

Mary Wangui has been suspended from the HCPC on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker by Hertfordshire County Council.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Ms Wangui was responsible for placing Children A, B and C at risk after their mother was hospitalised, by failing to undertake an adequate assessment of Child A and B’s father’s suitability to care for the children. She also failed to provide her team manager with the relevant information in relation to the placement.

The Panel further heard that Ms Wangui failed to ensure that viability assessments were completed in relation to potential carers for the unborn baby of Service User H, who was 17 years old. It had been determined that it was unsafe for the baby to remain in the mother’s care.

Panel Chair Naseem Malik commented:

“Ms Wangui has not provided any evidence to show that she has remedied her failings or reflected on her actions. The Panel were unable to assess her current level of insight and therefore considered that there remained a real risk of repetition. The Panel found that Ms Wangui’s actions undermined the reputation of and public confidence in the profession and failed to uphold and maintain proper standards.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Mary Wangui to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months.

Ms Wangui 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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