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Residential child care worker removed from the Register for sexually inappropriate behaviour

07 September 2020
Social Care Wales

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

Ian Jayne was suspended by his employer in September 2018 after allegations about his inappropriate behaviour came to light.

Mr Jayne was accused of behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner towards a co-worker earlier that month, physically assaulting her as she sat in a chair and making inappropriate comments.

He was also accused of videoing the co-worker’s bottom and making inappropriate comments during a trip to the beach with some of the young people in their care in June 2018. He later shared the video with other colleagues via WhatsApp.

Having considered the evidence presented, the panel decided that Mr Jayne’s behaviour in both incidents was sexually motivated and that his fitness to practise was currently impaired because of serious misconduct.

Explaining its decision, the panel said: “[Mr Jayne] sought out [the co-worker] on two separate occasions and then subjected her to sexually motivated, deplorable misconduct... [T]he second incident was physically abusive, and when [the co-worker] made her views plain to [Mr Jayne], his response was to walk away laughing.”

The panel continued: “In our view, [Mr Jayne]’s lack of insight creates a current risk to individuals using services. This, in our judgement, aggravates matters as it demonstrates a lack of insight into the potential effect of his conduct not just on [his co-worker], but also on any young people using services who may have witnessed the conduct…

“Looking forwards, that is a matter of significant concern because [Mr Jayne] does, in our judgement, pose a similar risk to colleagues and vulnerable individuals with whom he might work in the future (and to whom he would have a duty of care).”

The panel decided to remove Mr Jayne from the Register, saying: “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, and the finding of sexually motivated conduct we have made.”

Mr Jayne was not present at the two-day remote hearing, which was held over Zoom last week.

Mr Jayne is currently suspended from working in a registered social care role in Wales and will be removed from the Register on 5 October 2020.