Social Worker, Helen Claire Fontaine, Struck Off on Grounds of Misconduct

Helen Claire Fontaine has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker at Essex County Council.

HCPC - Health and Care Professions Council - Helen Claire Fontaine

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mrs Fontaine’s failings arose while she was making and supervising arrangements to place Service User A, an adult with learning disabilities who had committed acts of kidnap and common assault on a woman.

The panel further heard that Mrs Fontaine instructed Colleague A to remove evidence of Service User A’s offending history and challenging behaviour from an Information Sourcing Form, and did not properly notify the management of Blackberry Court of his case history. Nine days after being placed at the facility Service User A armed himself with a knife and a meat cleaver, harming himself and two members of the public.

Panel Chair Deborah Fowler commented:

“Mrs Fontaine’s misconduct was extremely serious. She has not demonstrated any insight and has stated in correspondence that if faced with a similar situation, she would act in the same manner. Without insight, there can only be limited remediation and there must be a serious risk of repetition should a similar situation be encountered by Mrs Fontaine.”

The Panel directed for the name of Helen Claire Fontaine to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Mrs Fontaine was neither present nor represented at the hearing.