A residential child care manager from the Vale of Glamorgan has had conditions placed on his registration for three years, after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of serious misconduct.
Lee Griffiths was accused of bullying his colleagues by behaving in an inappropriate and unprofessional manner towards them, making derogatory comments, and swearing and shouting at them.
Mr Griffiths’s behaviour towards colleagues was described as being aggressive, angry, intimidating and humiliating at times.
The hearing was told that Mr Griffiths also behaved inappropriately and aggressively towards a young person in the children’s home he managed, shouting at the young person to wake him up and making inappropriate comments about the young person’s weight.
In addition, Mr Griffiths – who along with his current employer was present at the seven-day hearing at our Cardiff office between 5 and 13 February 2020 – admitted to dishonestly mismanaging money at the home and submitting a claim for overtime that included hours he hadn’t worked.
Having heard the evidence, the panel decided that Mr Griffiths’s fitness to practise was currently impaired because of serious misconduct.
Explaining its decision, the panel said: “In our judgement, each of the matters we have found proved represents conduct that falls significantly short of what would be proper in the field of professional social care practice.”
The panel acknowledged that no concerns have been raised about Mr Griffiths’s behaviour at the children’s home he currently manages and that they heard evidence from his current employer, who has supported him throughout the hearing, that he is “making good progress towards remedying these aspects” of his practice.
Despite this noted improvement, the panel continued: “We cannot be wholly satisfied that, if challenging circumstances were to arise, you would not make dishonest decisions in future.
“Therefore, you do pose a current risk to individuals using services if you were to return to unrestricted practice.”
The panel decided to place conditions on Mr Griffiths’s registration for three years.
Explaining its decision, the panel told Mr Griffiths: “[The order] reflects the seriousness of the matters we have found proved, balances the protection of the public with the issue of proportionality, and provides a framework for you to continue with the progress you are making.”