For Immediate Release - December 29, 2004

Wrentham Social Worker Agrees to Probation of License

Wrentham Social Worker Agrees to Probation of License

Christine Wardle of Wrentham recently entered into a consent agreement with the Board of Registration of Social Workers ("Board"), agreeing to a minimum two-year probation of her license effective October 19, 2004. .

Wardle is alleged to have violated Board rules and regulations by providing medication to a minor without medical consent. During the probationary period, Wardle is required to meet monthly with a licensed, board-approved therapist. In the course of her professional practice, Wardle will be supervised by a licensed, board-approved social worker and required to meet twice monthly for evaluation of her practice. The Board is also requiring the submission of quarterly reports from the overseeing professionals to monitor the licensee's progress and practice. The Board may lift Wardle's probation after October 19, 2006 if it determines she has complied with the terms of the consent agreement and is satisfied that she is practicing in a safe and competent manner.

The Board of Registration of Social Workers licenses over 21,000 social workers throughout the Commonwealth. The Board received 32 new complaints and resolved 24 complaints during fiscal year 2004.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the issuance and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.