Black or male social workers more likely to face conduct hearing

Black or male social workers more likely to face conduct hearing

Social workers who are black, male or disabled are more likely to end up in conduct hearings, the General Social Care Council revealed today.

Social workers who are black, male or disabled are more likely to end up in conduct hearings, the General Social Care Council revealed today.

In an analysis of social care regulation over the past 12 years, the GSCC found social workers with these characteristics were more likely to be referred to and end up before its conduct panels.

Men make up 22% of the Social Care Register but 34% of referrals involve them, making them 1.8 times more likely to be accused of misconduct than women.

Black social workers were 1.7 times more likely to be referred. 16.2% of referrals involved black registrants despite them making up just 10.8% of registered social workers. Disabled social workers were 1.5 times as likely to be referred as their non-disabled peers.

But while these groups are over-represented the GSCC said

(CEOP) has published a report on the link between possessing indecent images and committing other sexual offences against children

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has published a report on the link between possessing indecent images and committing other sexual offences against children, and the way this risk is managed by the police service and others involved in child protection and the criminal justice process. Findings include: dual offenders are more likely to have access to children and there is a link between those who possess child abuse images and those who go on to abuse a child; online offenders are less likely to be ostracised after committing an offence; and the quantity and level of images held are not reliable indicators of risk.
Source: BBC Online 14 June 2012
Further information:
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) 14 June 2012

The Home Office has published information leaflets on changes to disclosure and barring

The Home Office has published information leaflets on changes to disclosure and barring which will come into force in September 2012. Leaflets are available for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Source: Home Office website 07 June 2012
Further information:
Changes to disclosure and barring: what you need to know (England and Wales)

CEOP Report 76 76 suspected child sex offenders have been arrested

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre report that more than 76 suspected child sex offenders have been arrested as a result of a nation wide police operation. 80 children are reported to have been safeguarded as a result.
Source: Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
Further information:
Children & Young People Now 14 June 2012

DFE consulting on proposed legislation on shared parenting following family separation

The Department for Education are consulting on proposed legislation on shared parenting following family separation. The proposals aim to ensure that parents who are able and willing to play a positive role in their child’s care should have the opportunity to do so. The consultation closes on 5 September 2012.
Source: Department for Education 13 June 2012
Further information:
BBC Online 13 June 2012

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