Care worker, 26, who engaged in sexual activity with boy, 15, and sent him 'inappropriate' selfie and sexts is sacked

A CARE worker who engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy has been sacked.

Georgia Thomas, 26, sent the teen resident an "inappropriate" selfie in a string of sexts while working as his carer in Swansea, Wales.

Social Care Wales suspended Thomas and has now given her the sack following an investigation.

Thomas was a child care worker for the Athena Group in her home city of Swansea.

The youngster – who cannot be named – was in her care between August and October 2018, when the breaches took place.

A spokesperson for Social Care Wales said: "Georgia Thomas engaged in sexual activity and exchanged messages of a sexual nature with a 15-year-old resident in her care.

"Ms Thomas sent the young person an inappropriate photo of herself and told the young person she loved them.

"In addition, the hearing was told that Ms Thomas failed to let her employer know promptly when the young person threatened self-harm, and lied to her employer about her social media exchanges with the young person.

"As a result of the allegations, Ms Thomas was suspended by her employer and subsequently dismissed."

Miss Thomas did not attend the hearing held via Zoom but the panel concluded her behaviour was "dishonest and lacked integrity" and her fitness to practise was impaired.

She was handed a removal order banning her from working in social care in Wales.

Following the ruling, the panel said: "Ms Thomas’s integrity is clearly in question and her actions amount to a breach of a fundamental tenet of social care.

"Her actions are likely to have caused the boy harm by perpetuating his attachment difficulties and they are likely to undermine public confidence if not robustly addressed.

"Ms Thomas showed disregard for his well-being and that of her colleagues. She might have caused significant damage to him during a critical stage of his development, particularly so far as his understanding of appropriate relationships with women are concerned.

"The events in question took place more than three years ago, but we have no evidence that Ms Thomas has accepted that she did wrong and taken serious steps to address her behaviour.

"There is no indication of insight or remorse on her part. We conclude, therefore, that Ms Thomas is liable to behave in the future in a way which puts individuals using care and support at risk."

Miss Thomas can appeal the decision to the Care Standards Tribunal within 28 days.

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