A SOCIAL worker is to face a disciplinary hearing next week after the tragic death of a Huddersfield toddler.
Judyth Kenworthy will appear before social services chiefs in the wake of the appalling Sanam Navsarka case.
The two-year-old tot (pictured) was found dead with 107 injuries at her Deighton home in 2008.
Her mother Zahbeena Navsarka and her partner Subhan Anwar were given long jail terms for killing Sanam.
A subsequent special investigation found she could have been saved if Kirklees Council social workers who visited the little girl had reported their concerns appropriately.
The serious case review by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board concluded there were “significant departures from professional good practice and procedures” among social workers who were concerned about Sanam’s welfare.
Mistakes were made by care workers who were concerned about Sanam’s welfare at the family home in Riddings Road, Deighton, but failed to log those concerns.
And the damning report by the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board concluded: “If those concerns had been reported, it is likely that protective measures would have been initiated that may have changed the eventual outcome.”
Now Ms Kenworthy, who was a Family Placement Officer working for Kirklees Council, is set to appear before the General Social Care Council – the profession’s governing body.
It is alleged she failed to act upon or pass important information that she had received to relevant colleagues which resulted in no safeguarding measures being taken.
Ms Kenworthy is also accused of withholding information in a statement to police investigating the death.
She is scheduled to appear at a five-day conduct hearing in London. It is the final stage in the conduct process.
The hearing is usually held in public and uses the civil standard of proof.
It will hear evidence and decide if the social worker has committed misconduct. If so, it will decide if action should be taken against them. If a social worker is found to have committed misconduct, the conduct committee can impose:
Removal from the Social Care Register which would prevent them from working as a social worker
Suspension from the Social Care Register which would prevent them from working as a social worker for a set period of time
Admonishment (a mark next to their name on the Social Care Register)
A spokesman for the General Social Care Council said: “We protect the public by requiring high standards of education, conduct and practice of all social workers.
“Social workers work with some of the most vulnerable people in society, so it is vital that we ensure that only those who are properly trained and committed to high standards practise social work.
“We expect the highest standards of conduct and care from registered social workers, in accordance with the codes of practice which they sign up to when they register.”