Swindon social worker struck off after conduct hearing

SOCIAL worker Louise Emily Coghlan has been struck off the HCPC Register for failing to conduct statutory visits, act on a report of abuse and attempting to conceal her failings whilst working for Swindon Council.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Coghlan falsely recorded a number of statutory visits to a vulnerable, looked-after child. She embellished her account of these alleged visits by mentioning actions taken by the child’s foster carer and school, none of which were true. The false records caused a delay in court proceedings involving the child and his family.

The Panel further heard that Coghlan failed to act on a referral where another vulnerable, looked-after child was reporting abuse by her father. Coghlan was dismissed by the council for gross misconduct.

Panel chair Elizabeth Carmichael said: “The registrant knew what was required of her in regard to these matters but chose not to act appropriately.

“Despite the passage of time since these incidents and her dismissal, there has been no real appreciation by the registrant of the impact of her failures. Furthermore, there is nothing to indicate that appropriate remediation had taken place to date, nor that this would occur if there were to be a further period of reflection.”

The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike Coghlan from the Register with an Interim Suspension Order in place to cover the appeal period.

Coghlan was not present or represented at the hearing.

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6:51pm Fri 10 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Thin end of the wedge, no question.
Thin end of the wedge, no question. ChannelX

11:42am Sat 11 Jan 14

beach1e says...

yet more public servants in receipt of very good salaries abusing their position.
yet more public servants in receipt of very good salaries abusing their position. beach1e

1:30pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Chowmai says...

It's been a bad week for public servants, with bad examples of the uniformed and public services making it into the press, when the ones who do a good job suffer swinging insults and accusations.

Lets not forget how many people quietly do a good job every day and then go home and worry that they haven't.
It's been a bad week for public servants, with bad examples of the uniformed and public services making it into the press, when the ones who do a good job suffer swinging insults and accusations. Lets not forget how many people quietly do a good job every day and then go home and worry that they haven't. Chowmai

3:52pm Sat 11 Jan 14

trolley dolley says...

Two care homes and now this, just what is the Member for Social Services doing with his/her time.

Get out amongst your social workers and sort things out before we have a tragedy on our hands.
Two care homes and now this, just what is the Member for Social Services doing with his/her time. Get out amongst your social workers and sort things out before we have a tragedy on our hands. trolley dolley

7:12am Mon 13 Jan 14

RichardR1 says...

As has been said the vast majority of public sector workers do a great job. It is sadly a reality that there is a culture of looking for failures much of which is driven by the compensation culture we are in.

Ponder this, 'the public get the services they deserve.'As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and it is us!”
As has been said the vast majority of public sector workers do a great job. It is sadly a reality that there is a culture of looking for failures much of which is driven by the compensation culture we are in. Ponder this, 'the public get the services they deserve.'As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and it is us!” RichardR1

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