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LEWISHAM SOCIAL WORKERS CAUSED 'AGITATION AND UPSET'

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Lewisham LBC social workers have been censured for causing an elderly woman 'considerable agitation and upset' by t...
Lewisham LBC social workers have been censured for causing an elderly woman 'considerable agitation and upset' by trying to remove her from her carer, The Guardian reports (p4).

The woman, who has a learning disability or mental handicap and a speech impediment, requires constant care. Her carer, who was refused registration from the council in 1992, allegedly because of poor relations between her and her social worker, has been with the 57-year-old woman for almost 12 years.

But council social workers arrived at the carer's home to take the woman away. Until this action, which the local government ombudsman described as 'very disturbing and frightening', the council had not sought to ascertain the views of the woman under care.

The ombudsman found the council guilty of maladministration and ordered it to pay around £3,000 in compensation, The Guardian reports.
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