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Social worker convicted of indecent assault is struck off

Social worker who 'groomed' 15 year old and had sexual intercourse with him is struck off social work register

Published on 22nd August 2019

A social worker convicted of indecent assault on a male has been struck off the social work register.

Mrs Myriam Ghislaine Bamkin had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old resident while she was working as a residential social worker at a secure unit at Amberdale Observation and Assessment Unit.

The offence occurred in or around 1984-1985 and took place in the gym at the unit shortly before the service user’s 16th birthday. It was contended that for some months before the act of intercourse, Mrs Bamkin had indulged in grooming behaviour.

When she appeared at the Crown Court at Nottingham on 29 May 2018, and pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault on a male, the judge, in his sentencing remarks, described Mrs Bamkin's behaviour as “grooming” and stated that, “on any view you seduced him”.

Mrs Bamkin, who from 2001 was employed by Nottinghamshire County Council as a team manager in the Fostering Team at Ashfield, was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and her name was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life on 1 June 2018.

In May 2016, Nottinghamshire County Council referred concerns to the HCPC arising out of an ongoing police investigation. It took some time for the criminal proceedings that followed to reach a conclusion.

The Health and Care Professions Council Tribunal Service Panel noted that Mrs Bamkin had had an unblemished career and had been a valued social worker. The Panel also paid close attention to her statement dated 1 May 2019. Ordinarily a guilty plea to a criminal allegation will demonstrate acceptance of wrongdoing. However, the consequence of her statement is that it has not been possible for her guilty plea to result in such a finding by the Panel.

"Not only does the Registrant contest the facts underpinning the conviction, but more tellingly, in her statement she does not acknowledge that what happened even on her own version of events was grossly wrong and likely to result in considerable harm to an extremely vulnerable service user. The fact that many years have passed since the event occurred, the unblemished career since it occurred, and the deterrent effect imposed by the Crown Court of the sentence imposed on the Registrant, will all have the consequence of reducing the risk of repetition. However, the Panel has concluded that the personal component of impaired fitness to practise is demonstrated by the absence of any acceptance of wrongdoing or of insight into the impact on the young service user," said the Panel.

The Panel was also clear that any fair-minded and fully informed members of the public would view with dismay the prospect of a social worker who has been convicted of so serious an offence, and who is registered on the Sex Offenders Register being permitted to practise without restriction.

In the judgement of the Panel, the fact that Mrs Bamkin had been a valued social worker who had an otherwise unblemished career over many years were dwarfed by the very grave aggravating factors. "The service user she abused was young and came from a difficult background. He was resident in a secure unit where the Registrant had control over privileges he might be permitted to enjoy. Accordingly, the Registrant committed a very serious breach of trust involving a vulnerable service user. She has demonstrated a lack of insight and has failed to express remorse or acknowledge wrongdoing. There is also an absence of recognition of the long-term impact her behaviour would be very likely to have on the boy concerned," said the Panel.

The Panel concluded that the proportionate and necessary sanction is a Striking Off order. It was their judgement that no lesser sanction would properly reflect the very grave nature of the offence and, accordingly, would not sufficiently maintain public confidence and uphold proper professional standards.

 

News


Social worker convicted of indecent assault is struck off

Social worker who 'groomed' 15 year old and had sexual intercourse with him is struck off social work register

Published on 22nd August 2019

A social worker convicted of indecent assault on a male has been struck off the social work register.

Mrs Myriam Ghislaine Bamkin had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old resident while she was working as a residential social worker at a secure unit at Amberdale Observation and Assessment Unit.

The offence occurred in or around 1984-1985 and took place in the gym at the unit shortly before the service user’s 16th birthday. It was contended that for some months before the act of intercourse, Mrs Bamkin had indulged in grooming behaviour.

When she appeared at the Crown Court at Nottingham on 29 May 2018, and pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault on a male, the judge, in his sentencing remarks, described Mrs Bamkin's behaviour as “grooming” and stated that, “on any view you seduced him”.

Mrs Bamkin, who from 2001 was employed by Nottinghamshire County Council as a team manager in the Fostering Team at Ashfield, was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and her name was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life on 1 June 2018.

In May 2016, Nottinghamshire County Council referred concerns to the HCPC arising out of an ongoing police investigation. It took some time for the criminal proceedings that followed to reach a conclusion.

The Health and Care Professions Council Tribunal Service Panel noted that Mrs Bamkin had had an unblemished career and had been a valued social worker. The Panel also paid close attention to her statement dated 1 May 2019. Ordinarily a guilty plea to a criminal allegation will demonstrate acceptance of wrongdoing. However, the consequence of her statement is that it has not been possible for her guilty plea to result in such a finding by the Panel.

"Not only does the Registrant contest the facts underpinning the conviction, but more tellingly, in her statement she does not acknowledge that what happened even on her own version of events was grossly wrong and likely to result in considerable harm to an extremely vulnerable service user. The fact that many years have passed since the event occurred, the unblemished career since it occurred, and the deterrent effect imposed by the Crown Court of the sentence imposed on the Registrant, will all have the consequence of reducing the risk of repetition. However, the Panel has concluded that the personal component of impaired fitness to practise is demonstrated by the absence of any acceptance of wrongdoing or of insight into the impact on the young service user," said the Panel.

The Panel was also clear that any fair-minded and fully informed members of the public would view with dismay the prospect of a social worker who has been convicted of so serious an offence, and who is registered on the Sex Offenders Register being permitted to practise without restriction.

In the judgement of the Panel, the fact that Mrs Bamkin had been a valued social worker who had an otherwise unblemished career over many years were dwarfed by the very grave aggravating factors. "The service user she abused was young and came from a difficult background. He was resident in a secure unit where the Registrant had control over privileges he might be permitted to enjoy. Accordingly, the Registrant committed a very serious breach of trust involving a vulnerable service user. She has demonstrated a lack of insight and has failed to express remorse or acknowledge wrongdoing. There is also an absence of recognition of the long-term impact her behaviour would be very likely to have on the boy concerned," said the Panel.

The Panel concluded that the proportionate and necessary sanction is a Striking Off order. It was their judgement that no lesser sanction would properly reflect the very grave nature of the offence and, accordingly, would not sufficiently maintain public confidence and uphold proper professional standards.

 

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