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Domiciliary care worker removed from the Register because of criminal conviction

Domiciliary care worker removed from the Register because of criminal conviction

| Social Care Wales

A domiciliary care worker from Bangor has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a Social Care Wales hearing found her fitness to practise is currently impaired because of her criminal conviction.

The hearing was told that Nerys Williams was arrested in June 2020 following an anonymous report to the police about an alleged incident at a house party that was in breach of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Ms Williams resisted arrest and assaulted three police officers by slapping and headbutting one officer, kicking another and biting another officer so severely they had to seek medical attention.

Ms Williams was convicted at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court on 15 June 2020 of three separate counts of assault on emergency workers. She was sentenced to six months in prison for each offence and required to pay a victim surcharge.

After considering the evidence, the panel decided that Ms Williams’s fitness to practise was currently impaired because of her criminal conviction.

The panel explained its decision by saying: “[Ms Williams] displayed a complete lack of professional judgement, and her aggressive and antisocial behaviour resulted in her directly harming police officers. We consider that Ms Williams’s behaviour would call into question her suitability to work in the social care profession.

“Whilst we have no evidence to suggest that there is any risk of Ms Williams behaving violently to individuals using services, we are concerned that had she not been arrested she could have put service users at risk by returning to work after attending a large social gathering in breach of Covid-19 restrictions.”

The panel decided to remove Ms Williams from the Register, saying: “Ms Williams has shown a blatant disregard for, and serious departure from, the relevant professional standards set out in the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care.

The panel continued: “We have decided that confidence in the social care profession would be undermined by allowing Ms Williams to remain on the Register. We do not consider there is any other way to protect the public due to the lack of any insight or evidence that there is likely to be satisfactory remediation of her impairment.”

Ms Williams was not present at the one-day remote hearing, which took place over Zoom on 19 March 2021.