Sophia Allyson Hunter has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered as a social worker and employed as a Family Court Advisor for CAFCASS.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mrs Hunter failed to recognize a safeguarding risk and / or take appropriate action in relation to Case 1, in which children had expressed that they wanted to die.
The Panel further heard that in relation to Case 2, Mrs Hunter did not recognize the safeguarding risk and / or take appropriate action after a mother reported her daughter had bruising in the genital area. Mrs Hunter also failed to complete adequate Case Plans, maintain adequate records or complete adequate court reports in relation to a number of cases.
Panel Chair Manuela Grayson commented:
“Mrs Hunter’s failings were serious and wide-ranging. They included a failure to identify and assess safeguarding risks to children and omissions to act swiftly and appropriately in response to those risks. There were consistent failures to complete adequately important documentation in relation to families, namely a court report, case plans and contact logs. As indicated, these failures were so serious that they amounted to misconduct.”
The Panel directed for the name of Sophia Allyson Hunter to be struck off the Register.
Mrs Hunter was not present but was represented by Mr Jeremy Cameron of the NAPO trade union.