Friday, 10 April 2009

Social worker put kids at risk

A social worker has been struck off after she put children at serious risk by ignoring allegations of child abuse and domestic violence.
Joy Coless failure to follow up warnings by police, the NSPCC, schools and the public meant vulnerable children were needlessly left in danger for many months.
Miss Coles, a manager at Leicester City Council, failed to properly deal with 90 referrals.
She put the children of nine families at significant risk of further harm.
Today, Bob Clark, the city councils director of childrens services, said systems were now in place to ensure Miss Coless deception could never be repeated.
A conduct hearing yesterday banned her from working as a social worker again.
It was told Miss Coles failed to take action on cases referred to her, which she was supposed to assess and allocate to staff.
George Davies, chairman of the hearing, said: These were serious failures which left vulnerable children at significant risk and she knowingly misled managers about the numbers of cases she had not dealt with.

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