Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Yes, What These People Need Is...

...more money and resources, and less government interference:
An Islamic social worker told a drug-addicted Muslim mother to move to Bangladesh or risk losing her children to Christianity, a hearing was told.
Whoops! Oh, well, I'm sure she ticked a box on someones diversity sheet, and that must have been what she was really hired for, all things considered:
The General Social Care Council heard that Le Jardin offered to help her rig a urine test, while she also suggested that the woman's disabled 14-year-old daughter could have been impregnated by her father when she put on weight.

Speaking for the GSCC, Paul Raudwitz told the hearing that Le Jardin, who joined the team in 2002, "did not work sensitively with children to whom she was responsible", adding that she was "not always honest and trustworthy".
Obviously, those weren't considered serious enough failings to warrant sacking her though, because she carried on working:
"She did not work in partnership with childrens’ parents and acted in a disrespectful manner by failing to keep the few appointments she did make," he said.

"She accused people without sound factual basis and was entirely unmanageable."

He alleged that Le Jardin was overtly racist to black colleagues and families she was supposed to be helping, claiming that "she made derogatory and insinuating comments about them."
Wow! She must have held a practically unbeatable hand at Victimhood Poker to get away with this...
Le Jardin - who has since had a nervous breakdown - did not attend the hearing in central London as she now lives in Saudi Arabia.
Hmm, that seems to be a popular way of avoiding justice. So, what's she charged with?

Well, actually, it might be easier to outline what she's not charged with:
Charges she faces include not safeguarding children for whom she was responsible, not implementing child protection plans, not working sensitively with children or in partnership with parents and other professionals.

She also denies producing unprofessional reports, failing to respond appropriately to management, failing to engage sensitively with issues of diversity and dressing and behaving unprofessionally and inappropriately.
Whew! It seems fraud was the only thing she didn't...

Oh:
It is also claimed that while on sick leave from Merton between June and October 2008 she was moonlighting with a temp agency for the London Borough of Croydon.
In what other profession would someone with a record like this be tolerated for (it seems) quite a few years?

8 comments:

woman on a raft said...

For more interesting comparisons, readers of a strong disposition may care to wander through the General Social Care Council's disciplinary archives, where you can compare the before-and-after files.

www.gscc.org.uk

Upcoming hearings
Notice of determination

archive with search box.

Chuckles said...

Ah Bless! Those quaint foreign customs and ethics. Enriching the social and moral fabric of our shores. So lucky to have our benevolent governments policies, or we'd never be exposed to, or even know about them.

woar, no, I think not. The instinct to start reaching for the cultural and traditional weapons is difficult enough to resist as it is.

Antisthenes said...

Actually I think this is pointing to something deeper. I think this woman might have a valid defense if she pointed out that everyone she works with works in exactly the same way, she was just unfortunate to get caught.

"So lessons will be learned" so the council will say if asked, then not acted upon.

John R said...

You said "In what other profession would someone with a record like this be tolerated for (it seems) quite a few years?"

So no skills, ethics, morals, loads of bad behaviour, lying and cheating - I think you'll find she'd probably fit in well as a MP in the House of Conmen.

PJH said...

In what other profession would someone with a record like this be tolerated for (it seems) quite a few years?

MP's/Lords have already been mentioned. May I also suggest the priesthood?

Trevor said...

'...dressing and behaving unprofessionally and inappropriately.'

I don't imagine she was prancing around the office in Ugg boots and crop-top with a pink thong showing above her tracksuit bottoms.

Mrs Erdleigh said...

Thanks woman on a raft, fascinating stuff.

JuliaM said...

"archive with search box."

Oh, there are some doozies in there!

"I think this woman might have a valid defense if she pointed out that everyone she works with works in exactly the same way, she was just unfortunate to get caught."

That's a frightening thought!