A residential child care worker from Cardiff has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his serious misconduct.
Richard Evans was working as a support worker at a residential educational home for children with autism at the time of the incident in question.
The hearing was told that while working a night shift with a colleague in April 2017, supervising three vulnerable young people, one of the young people – a 16-year-old resident with autism and complex needs, as well as a history of absconding – ran away.
Mr Evans only realised the 16-year-old was missing when colleagues alerted him that police had picked up the young person.
The hearing was told that Mr Evans subsequently either falsified multiple records stating that the young person was in the home during the time he’d absconded or was party to the falsification, and dishonestly claimed staff checked on the young person regularly, when CCTV footage proved this wasn’t the case.
Having heard the evidence, the panel found that Mr Evans’s fitness to practise was currently impaired because of his serious misconduct.
Explaining its decision, the panel said: “The factual findings we have made amount to serious acts and omissions by Mr Evans. A failure to carry out checks on vulnerable young people, falsification of documents and dishonesty are very serious matters.”
The panel continued: “From the evidence we heard, staff were complacent in managing routine night checks. Further, there was a sustained attempt to conceal Mr Evans’s failure to carry out checks. He failed to admit, and was dishonest about, his own actions. We cannot therefore conclude that the facts found are an isolated error.
“We went on to consider the risk of his conduct being repeated in the future. Mr Evans has not shown any insight into his failings, he continued to dispute the allegations and gave conflicting accounts on the checks carried out on the young person. In the absence of any insight, we cannot be assured that he doesn’t pose a risk to individuals using services in the future.”
The panel decided to immediately remove Mr Evans from the Register of Social Care Workers, saying: “We have decided that a Removal Order is proportionate in view of the aggravating factors in this case and Mr Evans’s serious departure from the professional standards set out in the 'Code of Professional Practice for Social Care'.
“We consider a Removal Order is necessary to adequately protect the public and the public interest in maintaining confidence in social care services.”
Mr Evans wasn’t present at the two-day hearing at our Cardiff office last week.