Swansea council social worker wins tribunal appeal over poor judgement in baby case

A social worker struck off for exercising “extremely poor judgement” in a case which saw the murder of a 13-month-old boy has won her appeal, the BBC has reported.

Eleni Cordingley will now be offered her job back by Swansea council.

She admitted an error of judgement in handling the case of Aaron Gilbert who died from brain damage after he was badly beaten by his mother’s boyfriend Andrew Lloyd.

Cordingley was struck off in January after the Care Council for Wales hearing was told she had not immediately referred his case to the council’s child assessment team following two anonymous calls expressing concern about his family from the same person.

The committee ruled she was guilty of misconduct by putting the child “at risk” and had exercised “extremely poor judgement”.

However, Cordingley appealed the decision at a two-day tribunal hearing.

The Care Standards Tribunal said there was no evidence the delay led to his death and ruled the child’s murder would not have been prevented if she had referred his case immediately to the assessment team.

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