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Residential child care worker removed from the Register for serious misconduct

18 October 2019
Social Care Wales

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

Jennifer Stephens was working as a therapeutic care practitioner at a children’s home at the time of the incident in question.

The hearing was told that while working a night shift in September 2017 she behaved inappropriately by shouting at and pushing a child in her care.

Having heard the evidence, the panel found that Ms Stephens’s fitness to practise was currently impaired because of serious misconduct.

Explaining its decision, the panel said: “We find the conduct in shouting at and pushing the child was an abuse of the trust the child was entitled to expect from Ms Stephens.”

The panel continued: “In our view, Ms Stephens demonstrated lack of insight creates a current risk to individuals using services.

“This, in our judgement, aggravates matters, as it betrays a palpable lack of insight into the potential effect of her conduct on the child.

“Looking forward it is a matter of significant concern because Ms Stephens does, in our judgement, pose a similar risk to vulnerable individuals with whom she might work in the future.”

The panel decided to immediately remove Ms Stephens from the Register of Social Care Workers, saying: “We readily recognise that we are making this order in circumstances where the misconduct relates to a single incident, but we do not consider that any lesser disposal would protect the public, given the lack of both insight and remediation to which we have already referred.”

Ms Stephens wasn’t present at the two-day hearing at our Cardiff office last week.