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hi I have a friend who recently file a case about

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hi I have a friend who recently filed a case about sexual abuse against a family friend. Police and social services were involved, the final report from the social worker stated that her children be put under child care protection as she could have done better in protecting her kids, she is still leaving with her kids and waiting for the case to go to court next April as the family friend has refused to plead guilty or not guilty. The social worker has gone further by contacting her employer and informing them about all the details of the case and according to her employer the social worker gave them the impression that she "had tried to cover things up". I would like to know whether this is legal for the social worker to do?

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
Is there any reason you think it may not be?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Jo

What I think is not important, I just wanted to find out whether the social worker had a legal right to inform my friend's employer or not.

Thanks

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Well, it depends what she does.
What is her occupation?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Ok, she in a mental health nurse.

Thanks

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Thanks.
That involves working with vulnerable people I'm afraid and so a social worker is free to reveal this information and under an obligation to do so.
Obviously the concern here is not that she herself would harm any person but that by her inaction she would possibly allow mistreatment to continue. That is a transferrable issue given that fairly vulnerable people tend to be under the care of mental health nurses.
That doesn't mean her employers would act of course. It just means they would be informed.
I'm very sorry if that is bad news.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

That's understandable. Thanks

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
No problem and all the best.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

hi Jo

I rated "ok service" I don't know why this message is coming up.

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Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
You have actually left a bad service rating.
I don't know whether that was a mistake?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Jo

I must have pressed the button by mistake. Sorry about that.

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Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Don't worry. I know the interface is confusing especially on smaller devices.