A Scottish childcare worker has been given a six-month warning after referring to a young service user in his care as a “f***y”.
Joseph Lynch upset the young service user with the callous remark whilst employed by Spark of Genius, a kids’ care service which operates across the UK.
He made the remark to the youngster, named in reports as AA, sometime around July last year at an undisclosed location.
The watchdog Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) told Lynch he had displayed “limited insight” into his behaviour, but noted that the incident appears to have been isolated.
“We decided that there is evidence that in or around July 2017 you did…refer to service user AA as a ‘f***y’ (and) by your actions cause distress to AA,” the SSSC said to him at a hearing.
“Your behaviour was verbally abusive and caused emotional harm to a service user.
“Given the limited insight shown by you there is thought to be a likelihood of repetition. If repeated, this behaviour would place service users at risk of harm.”
Lynch accepted the warning, which will stay on his registration as a social care worker for six months.
The notice came into effect last week.