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Social worker struck off following conviction for sexual assault

23/12/2015 - 09:41

Social worker struck off following conviction for sexual assault

Social worker Robert Throne has been struck off the HCPC Register after being convicted of one count of sexual assault at Northumberland Magistrates Court on 8 January 2015.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that at the time the assault took place, Mr Throne was employed as a Joint Care Manager Assistant by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. This role did not require registration as a social worker.

The Panel further heard that Mr Throne was sentenced to a fine of £100, was given a Community Order and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Panel Chair Lesley White commented:

“The Panel considered that there is a risk of repetition of the behaviour identified in the conviction given that Mr Throne shows a lack of insight, and cannot give any explanation as to how this happened. His conviction for such serious matters fundamentally undermines public confidence in the profession and breaches fundamental tenets of the profession.”

The Panel considered that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction is a striking off order.

Robert Throne attended via teleconference and represented himself at the start of the hearing.


Notes to Editors:

1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

2. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

4. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit

5. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see

Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

6. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

Rebekah Tailor
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