Social worker, Rachael E Dinsdale, struck off on grounds of misconduct

Rachael E Dinsdale has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker with Hull City Council.

HCPC - Health and Care Professions Council - Rachael E Dinsdale

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Ms Dinsdale was employed as a Consultant Social Worker, tasked with triaging referrals received by the team and, where cases had a criminal element, conducting strategy discussions leading to joint decisions with a designated Detective Sergeant from the police.

The Panel further heard that Ms Dinsdale was responsible for a number of failings in her role, including falsifying strategy discussions with the police in relation to five service users including children believed to be at risk from their parents and an alleged rape victim.

Panel Chair Andrew Gell commented:

“The Panel considered that the facts found proved represented a serious falling short of the standards expected of a social worker. Ms Dinsdale’s actions in dishonestly recording that strategy discussions had taken place when they had not is a serious departure from what would be proper in the circumstances. Her acts were multiple and would be considered deplorable by fellow practitioners and the public.”

The Panel directed for the name of Rachael E Dinsdale be struck off the Register.

Ms Rachael E Dinsdale was neither present nor represented at the hearing.