Social worker struck off for sexual relationship with client

A social worker from Wales who formed a sexual relationship with a service user and failed to tell his employers the woman may have been a risk to herself has been struck off.

David Bowen worked in Blaenau Gwent Council’s adult social care services from April 1996 until August 2008, when he resigned.

During this time he formed an inappropriate sexual relationship with the service user, took “intimate” photographs of her and sent her a series of suggestive text messages. One message, sent in May 2008, said: “All I ever did was fall in love with u.”

He also received messages from the woman saying she felt suicidal, a Care Council for Wales conduct committee found.

Yet he failed to tell his employers about this or his relationship with the woman.

The committee found Bowen had breached 13 clauses in the code of practice for social care workers.

“The failure to inform the relevant authorities of the relationship and the potential risk to the service user means that the registrant is not suitable to remain on the register,” said the committee’s chair, Hugh Knight.

A spokesperson for Blaenau Gwent Council said: “The council, which maintains the highest professional standards, instigated the Care Council for Wales investigation and disciplinary hearing. We fully support the disciplinary decision.”

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