Social Media

A foster carer who sued her former agency over allegations that prevented her from working has accepted substantial damages at the High Court. Francine West brought proceedings for defamation, malicious falsehood and breach of the Data Protection Act against 24Seven Fostering Services. Her solicitor, Dominic Garner, told Judge Richard Parkes…
Shamed former minister Mark McDonald should be suspended from the Scottish Parliament without pay for one month, Holyrood's Standards Committee has recommended. The committee announced the proposed sanction after considering a report by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life, which was asked to investigate Mr McDonald's conduct after…
A hospice boss who used the charity's credit to spend more than £90,000 on suits, designer Mont Blanc pens and luxury hotels has been jailed for four years. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 63, would not allow other staff at Butterwick Hospice to open the credit card bills and put the personal expenditure…
A hospice boss whose arrest cost the charity £100,000 in lost donations will be jailed when he is sentenced for a long-running fraud. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 62, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as chief executive of Butterwick Hospice by using its credit card for his personal expenditure over nearly eight…
A social worker from Wrexham has been removed from the Social Care Wales register after a fitness to practise hearing found he had put the young people in his care at risk of serious harm. Les Woods was accused of multiple failings between March 2016 and June 2017, including failing…
A hospice boss whose arrest cost the charity £100,000 in lost donations is facing jail after he admitted a long-running fraud. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 62, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as chief executive of Butterwick Hospice by using its credit card for his personal expenditure over nearly eight years. He…
A residential child care worker from Wrexham has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a Social Care Wales fitness to practise hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired because of her misconduct. The hearing was told that Debra Lloyd was present when two young people…
NHS England is to pay damages to a GP whose privacy it breached by telling the BBC that she was under investigation. Its "wrongful and unlawful" statements had caused enormous distress and upset to Dr Rina Miah, who ran the Harbottle Surgery in Northumberland - the UK's most isolated rural…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) have produced a new video explaining their social media guidance for social service workers. There are many parts of the Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers that are relevant to social media. The video animation explains how workers can use the guidance to…
An adult care home manager from Torfaen has been suspended from working as a registered social care professional for one year after a Social Care Wales hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired because of misconduct. Donna Priest was accused of failing to make sure the staff at the…
Parliament's Standards Commissioner has opened an inquiry into Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over his failure to declare an investment in luxury flats for rent. Mr Hunt has already apologised for failing to declare a business interest with both Companies House and the parliamentary register of MPs' interests. But Commissioner Kathryn…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised after it was discovered he made errors over the purchase of plush flats on England's south coast. Mr Hunt said his failure to declare a business interest with both Companies House and the parliamentary register of MPs interests was down to "honest administrative mistakes"…
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