Social worker Lynsey Debra King has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct and further to a conviction and caution received whilst employed by Liverpool City Council (LCC).
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Miss King was employed by LCC’s Safeguarding Support Services Team from June 2004 to September 2014.
In 2007 she was convicted of driving a motor vehicle with excess alcohol; and during 2012 she received a police caution for being drunk and disorderly in a public place; a fixed penalty notice for public disorder; and a street restorative resolution for theft from a shop. These matters were not brought to the attention of LCC by Miss King at the time.
The Panel further heard that in July 2013, Miss King failed to adequately safeguard Unborn Child A. She also failed to cooperate with LCC’s investigation to determine the potential risk to this unborn child.
Miss King was suspended from LCC on 25 July 2013 and an internal investigation was commenced in August 2013. Miss King resigned and left her position on 30 September 2014, after failing to attend a formal disciplinary hearing on 29 September 2014.
Panel Chair Jane Everitt commented:
“Miss King’s behaviour consisted of a pattern of behaviour whereby she was responsible for a series of criminal acts which involved a causal theme of alcohol misuse at a time when she was tasked with the safeguarding of vulnerable children. Considering all the circumstances of this case, the Panel finds that the only means of protecting the public and maintaining public confidence in the profession, in this instance, is by way of a striking off order.”
The striking off order will apply from 8 July 2016, with an interim order in place to cover the appeal period.
Lynsey Debra King was not present or represented at the hearing.