Social worker accused of sexual relationship with client

A social worker from Wales is due to face misconduct charges over allegations of a sexual relationship with a female service user.

It is alleged that David Bowen took “intimate photographs” and sent suggestive text messages to the woman while working for Blaenau Gwent Council.

The case is due to be heard by a conduct committee of the Care Council for Wales on 16 March.

The committee will hear allegations that Bowen committed misconduct between 1993 and 2008. He is accused of sending the series of text messages, in which he told the woman he loved her, over three weeks in May-June 2008.

Bowen also allegedly failed to inform his employers or the service user’s new social worker that he was keeping in contact with the woman by telephone and text message, and that she was “developing a dependency” on him.

The hearing in Cardiff is expected to last one day.

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