A daycare worker invited a teenager under her supervision home for sex on several occasions
A caregiver engaged in an inappropriate and sexual relationship with a teenager in her care, found a fitness to practice hearing. Jade Dominique Davies was working as a childcare worker in North Wales when she developed a relationship with the youngster, who cannot be named, for over a year.
A four-day hearing held by Social Care Wales heard that Ms Davies ‘failed to maintain an appropriate professional boundary’ and entered into an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with the man, referred to only as Child A, while She was a residential daycare employee. by Keys Group.
The panel found that Ms Davies breached professional standards by exchanging messages with the teenager, inviting him to her home and having sex with him on several occasions. The panel found his behavior to be ‘deplorable’ and ‘dishonest’ and notably asked Child A to delete evidence of their messages from his mobile phone when their relationship was discovered. You can get more Swansea news and other story updates by subscribing to our newsletters here.
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Allegations that Ms Davies had electronic communications with Child A, repeatedly allowed him into her home, repeatedly had sex with him and asked him to delete evidence of their communications from a mobile phone have all been found proven. by the fitness-to-practice panel.
Lorna Savidge, chair of the panel, said Ms Davies had ‘exploited Child A and abused her trust’ which put the teenager at ‘unnecessary risk’. She added: “The reality is that we are concerned about what appears to be a deplorable pattern of practice.”
The panel heard that Ms Davies, who did not attend the hearing and made no submissions for the panel to consider, had not cooperated with Social Care Wales’ investigation and had not been in contact with them since August 2018. She reportedly offered no explanation for her behavior and said in a January 2019 police interview that what happened “was not her fault”.
Aliyah Hussain, presenting the case on behalf of Social Care Wales, said the only mitigating factor was the fact that Ms Davies had not been involved in disciplinary action before since taking on the role of carer. But she said there were a number of aggravating factors such as her apparent lack of remorse, her refusal to co-operate with Social Care Wales’ investigation and “a serious disregard for Social Care Wales’ code of practice”.
The panel ruled that Ms Davies’ conduct fell “significantly below” what was expected in her profession and that her fitness to practice in the care sector was impaired as a result of her actions. Ms Savidge said that although Child A was described as a ‘particularly difficult person’, that would have been intended for Ms Davies’ job and does not excuse what she did.
Adding that Ms Davies had herself been described as ‘not a timid or withdrawn character’, Ms Savidge said the seriousness of her conduct, her lack of involvement in the investigation and her failure to present evidence at the hearing meant that there was “no information on how she would practice in the future in order to avoid [the incidents] to happen again.” She said Ms Davies was therefore at risk of repeating such behavior and that a warning or suspension would not be appropriate.
Referring to Ms Davies’ police interview and saying she did not appear to think the circumstances “were in any way her fault”, Ms Savidge imposed a dismissal order, meaning that she will be removed from the register of social workers. The order will come into effect 28 days after Ms Davies is notified, but an immediate order covering the earlier period means she will not be able to practise.
Ms Savidge said there was ‘no place’ in the care sector for those who ‘have a sexual relationship’ with a child in their care and that banning Ms Davies from practicing was the only acceptable option to maintain trust in the care sector. .