Residential child care worker given an admonishment for three years

03 April 2017
Social Care Wales

A residential child care worker from Gwynedd has received an admonishment for three years for putting the young people and staff at the centre where he worked at risk of harm.

A Care Council for Wales fitness to practise hearing heard that Kaine Rowlands admitted to leaving his shift early, and without permission, on two occasions. The committee also heard that Mr Rowlands was very apologetic about his actions during a disciplinary process by his employer. 

Mr Rowlands was not present during the one-day hearing on 27 March at the Care Council’s Cardiff office.

After considering the evidence, the committee found that Mr Rowlands’s fitness to practise was impaired, saying: “We noted that his action in leaving his shift occurred twice but was otherwise isolated behaviour. [Mr Rowlands’s] actions did pose a risk to Colleague A and potentially to the young person in his care but no actual harm arose. 

“We decided that [Mr Rowlands’s] integrity, in the sense of his professional reliability, was in question. He left his shift twice at short notice and there was no indication that he understood the potential consequence of his actions.”

The committee therefore decided that an admonishment was the necessary and proportionate sanction.