A social worker who attacked someone outside a supermarket in front of children can get away with just a warning, according to a report.
Rocky Band, an Aylesbury-based Bucks Council social worker, was caught slapping and attempting to kick a member of the public in August 2019.
Miss Band claimed she slapped the individual in response to the racist comments and threats they made to her and her child.
Bucks Council referred Miss Band to Social Work England following the incident. Her investigation determined that a warning was the most appropriate action and that she was still fit to continue as a social worker.
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The Social Work England inquest report says: ‘The social worker is seen slapping and attempting to kick a member of the public in the CCTV footage, and this is undisputed.
“Other members of the public, including children, observed the incident. A social worker who slaps a member of the public in a public place is likely to be considered a serious breach of professional standards.
The investigation revealed that the attack had indeed taken place and the police investigated.
In her own remarks to investigators, Miss Band expressed deep remorse for her actions. She said: “I found the footage extremely difficult to watch as my behavior makes me sad and ashamed.
“I did not handle the situation appropriately and my behavior is absolutely wrong.
“I have revisited the incident over and over again in my mind and I wish I could change what happened that day. I recognize that I could have done something different that could have resulted in an outcome different; I wish I had stopped walking and disengaged from that person.
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Following interviews with Miss Band, investigators were satisfied that the risk of Miss Band re-offending was low.
The arbitrators concluded that the most appropriate way to remedy the misconduct was to issue Miss Band a one-year warning order – meaning that if she is subject to another fitness to practice dismissals for this period, it would lead to a more serious outcome if proven. .
On January 14, Miss Band accepted the decision of the file examiner.
In a statement, Bucks Council confirmed it had referred Miss Band to Social Work England over the incident, but would not comment on what action it would take against her.
A council spokesperson said: ‘Buckinghamshire Council has referred this matter to Social Work England following an investigation into the incident.
“Employment matters are confidential between the Board and the employee.”