A Tayside care worker who failed to tell her employer she assaulted a child has avoided being struck off the register of social workers.
Amanda Fuller, 32, faced a Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) fitness to practise panel.
Ms Fuller, from Perth, was employed by HC-One Healthcare and working as a support worker in a care home service for adults when criminal charges were brought against her.
She stood trial at Perth Sheriff Court on March 7 last year and was subsequently found guilty of kicking the child’s face.
At sentencing at the court on May 10, she had a community payback order imposed, which involved 12 months of supervision and 90 hours of unpaid work.
Last week a warning was imposed on her registration for a period of one year by the SSSC panel.
In her submissions to the panel on April 9 and 10, Ms Fuller said she felt her fitness to practice was not impaired because of the conviction.
She told the SSSC she had apologised to the child and explained that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time, and had “no memory of what happened”.
She argued that the incident happened outwith work, was out of character, and she had never been in trouble with the law before.
She added that she “felt she could not admit to something she had no recollection of doing” — but accepted she had been found guilty in court.
The panel noted that the conviction was a serious one and the public would be “concerned” by her actions.
However, the members decided that in the interests of maintaining public confidence in the SSSC, a warning would reflect the fact that the conviction was serious. It was noted there was “no suggested risk to service users”. As such, Ms Fuller is free to continue to work in social services.
A spokeswoman for the care home previously said the firm was “shocked and saddened” when the allegations came to light, adding: “As soon as we were informed of this incident, we took immediate action to suspend the staff member concerned and terminated their employment once the police had concluded the investigation.
“This case is in no way representative of the care provided at the home, and we remain committed to ensuring that all our staff uphold the high standards of care that residents expect and deserve.”