Thurrock social worker who wanted "violent" teen mum to keep child suspended for a year

Southend Standard: Social worker who wanted "violent" teen mum to keep child suspended for a year Social worker who wanted "violent" teen mum to keep child suspended for a year

A FORMER council social worker who enabled a “violent” teenage mother to keep her “at risk” child has been banned from working in his profession for a year.

A misconduct hearing found Malcolm Gilman, from Grays, guilty of defying his bosses, who were taking the young girl into care during family court proceedings.

The tribunal in London heard Mr Gilman was a Thurrock Council case worker for the girl, known as Child A.

She was taken to hospital after receiving head injuries during a clash between her mum and the mum’s sister in November 2012.

The 18-year-old mother, who had been in care herself, was known to social services at the time of the birth due to regular fights with her family.

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Malcolm Gilman

A report written by the Health and Care Professions Council, which carried out the hearing, said: “The mother of ChildAhad been involved in an allegedly violent domestic incident with her sister and Child A had been present and had received a head injury. There were concerns that the mother was indifferent to the fact that Child A had been injured.”

On November 19, 2012, the council applied to the Essex family proceedings court in Basildon for the youngster to be taken into care.

The hearing was told Mr Gilman gave evidence to that court hearing that he did not feel the child would be in immediate harm in her mother’s care and he did not recommend the separation.

This was at odds with his superiors and the council application.

Initially, he had supported the making of a police protection order which would have resulted in the child being separated from her mother.

The Health and Care Professions Council conduct and competence panel heard that he gave no reason why he had charged his position and there was no new evidence to support the change.

Panel chair Sarah Baalham said: “This was an isolated incident and Mr Gilman’s failings are capable of remedy.

However, he has provided no evidence of appropriate insight or any attempt on his part to address or remedy the failings.”

Mr Gilman, who resigned after the council launched a probe, was not present or represented at the hearing.

A council spokesman said after the hearing: “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.”

He would not say if the child was ever taken into care.

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11:31am Mon 2 Jun 14

Ontheball says...

Yet another uesless sociual worker not fit for purpose.
Yet another uesless sociual worker not fit for purpose. Ontheball
  • Score: 6

11:35am Mon 2 Jun 14

iknoweverything says...

the way that reads to my cynical mind is that the social worker disagreed with bosses. the disagreement didn't go down well and hes been forced out. the child probably didn't go into care in the end, hence their reluctance to comment, so mr gilman may have been right.
Im sure theres so much more to this story than is reported.
I don't see why there needs to be a picture of gilman either, it adds nothing to the story.
the way that reads to my cynical mind is that the social worker disagreed with bosses. the disagreement didn't go down well and hes been forced out. the child probably didn't go into care in the end, hence their reluctance to comment, so mr gilman may have been right. Im sure theres so much more to this story than is reported. I don't see why there needs to be a picture of gilman either, it adds nothing to the story. iknoweverything
  • Score: 35

8:06am Tue 3 Jun 14

E.C.M. says...

Ontheball wrote:
Yet another uesless sociual worker not fit for purpose.
Are all Social Workers useless? Or are the majority just short-staffed and over worked in today's disfunctional Britain?
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Yet another uesless sociual worker not fit for purpose.[/p][/quote]Are all Social Workers useless? Or are the majority just short-staffed and over worked in today's disfunctional Britain? E.C.M.
  • Score: 5

11:35am Tue 3 Jun 14

kyprman says...

OnTheBall, get off your a**e and try doing the job of a social worker, teacher, housing officer, nurse for a day.

Then come back and comment.
OnTheBall, get off your a**e and try doing the job of a social worker, teacher, housing officer, nurse for a day. Then come back and comment. kyprman
  • Score: 5

1:55pm Tue 3 Jun 14

TheaWells says...

NO need for the photo' at all ECHO..... WTF are you thinking??

You've reported yourself that the exact details and outcome aren't known so why add that chaps face to it...

idiots.
NO need for the photo' at all ECHO..... WTF are you thinking?? You've reported yourself that the exact details and outcome aren't known so why add that chaps face to it... idiots. TheaWells
  • Score: 6

5:20am Wed 4 Jun 14

Shelle01 says...

If your going to slag social workers off ontheball at least spell the job title right idiot! I agree with iknoweverything they have only reported a small amount of the story I reckon he has disagreed with bosses and stuck by his decision even it meant he lost his job, to me that makes him a brave guy! Also agree no photo was needed hasn't he suffered enough.
If your going to slag social workers off ontheball at least spell the job title right idiot! I agree with iknoweverything they have only reported a small amount of the story I reckon he has disagreed with bosses and stuck by his decision even it meant he lost his job, to me that makes him a brave guy! Also agree no photo was needed hasn't he suffered enough. Shelle01
  • Score: 4

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