A residential child care worker who formed an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy in her care has been struck off the register in Scotland.
Tracey Hannah was working at a residential unit in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, when she became the key worker for the teenager, a Scottish Social Services Council conduct sub-committee heard.
It is understood the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was serving a sentence for culpable homicide.
Hannah faced four allegations of misconduct in total, including failing to maintain professional boundaries by allowing an “unprofessional and inappropriate relationship” to develop with the boy.
During the same period between December 2009 and July 2010, she also sent him private and personal letters, the committee heard. And she told him of a proposal to move him to another unit, despite being instructed not to by her employer.
Hannah was suspended from her post, but she continued to try and contact the boy by telephone in June 2010.
The committee found she committed misconduct and decided to remove her from the register. The SSSC has been unable to confirm whether she admitted the charges.
Further details from the hearing will be available next week.
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