Carer sacked after weeing on kids toothbrush and using illegal substances

An abusive carer who urinated on the toothbrush of one of the children in her care has been struck off.

Rebecca Spencer, from Wrexham, reportedly also used recreational drugs and was abusive towards children.

She has now been removed from the register of social care workers following a fitness to practice investigation, which saw the Social Care Wales panel conclude that her actions had been "unquestionably deplorable".

It also found her to have "humiliated and degraded" children and damaged public trust in the social care system.

Spencer's horrific actions took place at a care home in Denbighshire between January and February last year. The home provides therapeutic care for 11 to 18-year-olds.

During that time, Spencer took photos of the children she was supposed to be caring for without their consent, and sent them to other people alongside inappropriate comments.

She also shared confidential information about the children and was abusive towards them.

The panel also heard that Spencer had told someone that she took recreational drugs.

In addition, it transpired that she had been sacked from her previous job, but did not mention this to Social Care Wales when she was hired as a carer.

In a statement, the panel said: "The proven misconduct is unquestionably deplorable, given that it involves multiple acts of humiliating and degrading abuse perpetrated against vulnerable young people, who you referred to in the vilest of terms in messages.

"In your messages, you further humiliated and degraded the young people in the way you spoke about them.

"You named them, sent pictures of them, and in one instance sent a photograph of a young person's care plan.

"Dishonesty, particularly when associated with professional practice, is so damaging to a registered person's suitability and to public confidence in social care services that removal may be the only appropriate disposal."

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