A COUNCIL support worker is accused of a series of failings at her work — including putting young service users at risk.
Carolyn Mills, who was employed as a resource worker in a family support team at Angus Council, will appear at a Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) hearing later this month.
Among the charges is that she put service users at risk of harm by failing to consider the risks and follow her employer’s instructions, after an allegation of sexual assault was made against a service user’s relative.
It’s alleged that she failed to submit a referral to the public protection unit and arrange an initial referral discussion in connection with the case.
Meanwhile, she also allegedly neglected to consider the risks after receiving information that the service user was self-harming, by failing to inform health professionals and those involved in the user’s care.
She is also said to have failed to inform the service user’s parents of the incidents involving self-harm.
The incidents are reported to have happened between November 2012 and March 2013.
Ms Mills is accused of placing another service user at harm by failing to attend the required monthly placement visits and by not completing child protection visiting records between March 2013 and August 2013.
She also stands accused of putting service users at risk after a series of alleged failures in respect of one particular family — including not undertaking minimum fortnightly child protection visits, failing to complete child protection visiting records and also a failure to consider a referral following a “serious assault” within the family.
The incidents involving that family allegedly happened between 2012 and 2013.
Mills also allegedly ignored a request by a service manager to consider the referral.
Furthermore, in 2013, she is accused of failing to ensure that a service user was seen and safe during child protection visits to the family and not making arrangements to ensure that the service user was seen and safe during visits.
Ms Mills could not be contacted for comment.
No one at Angus Council was available for comment at the time of going to press.