Former Thurrock Council social worker struck off

A FORMER social worker in Thurrock has been struck off Health and Care Professions Council register after being reported by Thurrock Council following an investigation.

Malcolm Ronald Gilman has been struck off following a review of a suspension order imposed in May 2014 resulting from misconduct while employed by the Council.

Mr Gilman was originally suspended following concerns that he did not demonstrate he had effectively assessed the risk posed to a child and as a consequence the child was subject to unnecessary but foreseeable risk of harm.

The hearing found Mr Gilman did not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the difference between an Emergency Protection Order and a Police Protection Order and that led to him making errors of judgement when giving evidence at Essex Family Proceedings Court on 19 November 2012.

He made statements in court to the effect that he did not feel a child would be in immediate harm if she was placed in her mother’s care and he did not recommend the child be separated from her mother.

Mr Gilman appears to have declined to get involved in the disciplinary process and after reviewing the case the Panel concluded that a risk of repetition remains with the consequential risk of harm to service users.

Panel Chair Rachel O’Connell said: “In the absence of any engagement by Mr Gilman, there are no cogent grounds for concluding that he has a desire to return to practice or a willingness to take the necessary remedial action.

“The position, therefore, at the end of a further period of suspension would be the same as the position today.”

The striking off order will take effect from 17 June 2015, upon the expiry of the present suspension order.

Mr Gilman was not present or represented at the hearing.

A spokesperson for Thurrock Council said: “Mr Gilman was suspended as soon as this allegation came to light. He subsequently left the Council’s employment. The Council investigated the allegations and reported the matter to the Health and Care Professions Council.”

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