Social worker Samantha Lockyer has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further twelve months following a review of suspension order imposed at a Final Hearing on 17 September 2015.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Miss Lockyer was originally suspended for a period of twelve months on grounds of misconduct whilst employed by Northumberland County Council.
The Panel further heard that Miss Lockyer’s failing included not conducting visits to children who were vulnerable service users within required timescales; failure to complete required checks with appropriate agencies and not recording evidence of work to assess risks and / or ensure safe plans for vulnerable children.
Panel Chair Jennifer Rogers commented:
“The Panel was of the view that Miss Lockyer’s fitness to practise remains impaired. She has yet to demonstrate that she has remedied the failings that were identified by the previous panel and, whilst she has some insight into the seriousness of what had happened, she has only just started on the journey of reflecting on her own professional conduct. ”
The Panel concluded that the appropriate and proportionate sanction was to suspend Miss Lockyer for a further period of twelve months. This period of suspension would enable her to maintain insight and a commitment to returning to social work.
Miss Samantha Lockyer was present and represented herself at the hearing.