ICO Decision To FOI Regarding Herefordshire Council Social Workers

Some months ago I submitted a freedom of information request (FOI) to Herefordshire Council asking about social workers, including those practising and using the protected title before registration (a criminal offence) and among other questions how many had been dismissed by the LA or struck off by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Below is the 11-page response from the ICO.

ICO Social Workers Signed decision noticeredacted


Concerning in the ICO decision letter, aside from the ignorance of a criminal offence by a social worker, which can be proven, is points 4(1&2) & 6 (1,2,3, 4 in particular) regarding the withheld information, such pre-existing in the public domain long before, including names of individuals. Yet Herefordshire Council declared ‘nil’ in their response to (4) without a doubt knowing some of their staff had been struck off.
Evident in my FOI, responses and annotations directing to the news articles; link below (social worker registration FOI Request).

Another concern is the LA making a false representation, giving the ICO a story regarding disciplinary action, which differs from the story they gave to the Health and Care Professions Council  (HCPC) regarding the social worker I reported.

Social Worker Registration FOI Request

While it may take some time, possibly years, for the social workers I am aware of who falsify records and deceive even the courts, destroying families and individuals lives as they go, as they have mine. I am confident that they will one day be exposed and face justice.