South East Wales

Social worker guilty of misconduct taken off register

A social worker has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after being found guilty of misconduct.

Luciana Protopopescu was found guilty of failing to take appropriate action to the protect the interests and wellbeing of a child in Cardiff.

That included not acting immediately in response to a referral made in relation to a child, and not following procedures for logging telephone calls.

Her former employer Cardiff council intends to make a statement on Monday.

'Poor professional judgement'

Ms Protopopescu's case was considered by a hearing of the Care Council for Wales Conduct Committee in Cardiff.

The failure to pass on concerns raised by a child's teacher had left the child exposed to unnecessary risk, the hearing found.

In reaching its decision the committee said: "The actions of the registrant demonstrated a lack of insight into her poor professional judgement about a child protection case and raised concerns about the risk of her making similar misjudgements in the future."

As a result of the decision Ms Protopopescu will no longer be able to call herself a social worker, or practice as a social worker.

The Care Council is the social care workforce regulator in Wales.

A spokesman for Cardiff Council said the authority will be issuing a statement about the ruling on Monday.

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