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Residential child care worker removed from the Register for inappropriate and offensive social media use

09 August 2019
Social Care Wales

A residential child care worker from Rhondda Cynon Taf is to be removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of serious misconduct.

David Griffith was accused of making inappropriate and offensive comments on social media while on duty as a shift leader at Action for Children in February 2018. The comments were seen by parents of children in his care, who subsequently complained to his employer.

The hearing was told that in another incident, Mr Griffith exchanged inappropriate and offensive texts with a colleague, in which he referred to children and young people in a sexual manner.

Mr Griffith had been given an absolute discharge from Cardiff Crown Court in November 2018 after pleading guilty to receiving two indecent images of children and failing to report the matter to police.

Having considered the evidence, the panel decided that Mr Griffith’s fitness to practise was impaired because of serious misconduct.

Explaining its decision, the panel said: “In our view, Mr Griffith poses a current risk to individuals using services from his persistent lack of understanding of professional boundaries, and his propensity to send electronic communications (in a work setting) that are inappropriate and offensive.

“There is a tendency for Mr Griffith to minimise the matters we have found proved, referring to them as ‘banter’ or his ‘sense of humour’.

“This, in our judgement, aggravates matters, as it betrays a lack of insight into the effect of his conduct on those with whom he works, and to whom he owes a professional obligation.

“We consider that in the absence of any real insight or remorse, it is unlikely that Mr Griffith would make different decisions or behave differently in the future.”

The panel decided to remove Mr Griffith from the Register, saying: “We have decided that, on the evidence before us, only a Removal Order will be adequate in Mr Griffith’s case.”

Mr Griffith was not present at the two-day hearing at our Cardiff office earlier this week.

Mr Griffith is currently suspended from working in a registered social care role in Wales and will be removed from the Register on 9 September 2019.