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A former Reablement Officer at Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council has been prosecuted for accessing social care records without authorisation.

An internal investigation by the Council found that Ms Shaw had inappropriately accessed the social care records of 7 adults and 9 children without any business need to do so.

Dannyelle Shaw of Bloxwich, Walsall, appeared before Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court and admitted one offence of unlawfully obtaining personal data, in breach of s55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. She was sentenced to a fine of £450, ordered to pay costs of £364 and a victim surcharge of £45.