According to this article in Community Care the Social Worker “borrowed money from a service user, drank while on duty and conducted confidential meetings in the pub”. What ever happened to professional conduct? What are we thinking people? Do we actually have to start telling people when they are doing their degree that is unprofessional and unethical to borrow money from someone you’re helping? Do we really have to tell you how it can be seen as exploitative?
I am appalled at this behaviour. It looks like this was a review of her case and it has been decided that she is still not fit for practice. She actually attends her hearing and tries to abdicate responsibility for her behaviour. The article goes on to say:
“When she gave oral evidence before the panel, she was unable to say what was wrong in the way she had behaved between 2009 and 2010,” the panel said, adding that Jones placed “too much emphasis on outside factors which led to her misconduct and did not recognise where her own responsibilities lay”.
How? How in the world can you look at your actions and honestly believe you have done nothing wrong? How can you possibly say that anything pushed you to drink with a client? How can you say that anything forced you to borrow money? These are conscious actions, not things that one does by accident.
I know it seems like I get up on a high horse at times but let’s forget this is Social Work where we work with some of the most vulnerable in the population, would this be accepted anywhere? Can a doctor start seeing patients in a pub? Can a solicitor borrow money from a client? Can a police officer conduct an interview in a pub? Can anyone drink while on duty? There is so much wrong with the way she undertook her duties but what makes this worse is the fact that she tries to blame external forces! Really? Really? No, I’m sorry there is nothing you could say that would make me think “well, yes she has a point.” I cannot think of any circumstance where anything she did could be considered the right thing to do.