Social Worker, Michael D G Gooding, Struck Off on Grounds of Misconduct

Michael D G Gooding has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a social worker at Northampton County Council.

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A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that concerns about Mr Gooding’s practice arose whilst he was working in the Children in Need Team.

The Panel further heard that Mr Gooding was responsible for a number of failings regarding children in eleven cases, including not completing required visits, not recording visits, not convening a strategy meeting with police when recommended and not updating care plans.

Panel Chair Philip Geering commented:

“The public has a right to expect its social workers to safeguard children and to ensure that their actions do not fall far below acceptable and professional standards such that the public’s confidence in the profession is damaged. Protecting children is a fundamental expectation of the Social Work profession. Mr Gooding’s failure to comply with this brings the profession into disrepute.”

The Panel directed for the name of Michael D G Gooding to be struck off the Register.

Mr Gooding was neither present nor represented at the hearing.