UK: Social worker leaves child’s confidential case notes on train
Scott Mullins reports:
Confidential paperwork about a youngster being monitored by social services went missing after a bungling council worker left his notes on a train.
Bromley Council says one of its officers was travelling by train between Orpington and Chislehurst for an appointment but alighted without picking up handwritten paperwork about the family he was due to visit.
Despite the social worker informing train station bosses at Orpington, news of the loss took two days to filter through to council chiefs and then the police.
The notes have never been recovered and the social worker involved has since resigned.
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It seems that the report on the investigation into this incident revealed another incident in May in which a locum social worker e-mailed confidential case notes to 49 conservative councillors by accident.