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Nursery worker let child leave without identity checks

Rebecca Cairns struck off after also putting a child to bed in a snow suit.

Removed: Rebecca Cairns has been removed from the care register.
Removed: Rebecca Cairns has been removed from the care register. Pixabay

A nursery worker has been struck off the register after allowing someone to take a child without checking their identity.

Rebecca Cairns also put a second child at risk by putting them to bed in an outdoor snow suit. 

In addition, she also disregarded procedures by failing to report bruising or scratching found on another child - despite the youngster previously being the subject of child protection concerns.

The three separate incidents occurred at Donview Nursery in Clifton Road, Aberdeen, during November 2017.

A report by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) described Cairns' actions as "very serious" and found that her fitness to practice was impaired.

'Allowing a stranger to take a child without following the identification procedure could lead to a child being abducted by someone who was not authorised to take them.'
The Scottish Social Services Council

It stated: "Your actions put children at risk of serious harm due to your repeated failures to follow procedures designed to keep them safe.

"Allowing a stranger to take a child without following the identification procedure could lead to a child being abducted by someone who was not authorised to take them."

The SSSC claimed that putting the second child to bed whilst wearing a snow suit could have been "potentially fatal" due to harm of overheating.

Failings: The three incidents occurred at the Aberdeen nursery.
Failings: The three incidents occurred at the Aberdeen nursery. Google 2018

In respect to the child with bruising or scratches, the council added: "You knew - or ought to have known - [the child] had previously been the subject of child protection concerns.

"Failure to report bruising or scratching on their lower body put [the child] at risk, due to injuries potentially going unnoticed, which would prevent appropriate protective action being taken."

'The public cannot be satisfied that you are unlikely to make similar errors in future.'
The Scottish Social Services Council

Although Cairns was said to have shown regret and insight, the SSSC believed the risk of repetition was high.

The report stated: "The public cannot be satisfied that you are unlikely to make similar errors in future."

A removal order was seen as the most appropriate sanction "to maintain the continuing trust and confidence in the social service profession".

Cairns accepted the facts and the order, which meant she could no longer be a support worker from November 11.

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