Social worker had ‘intimate’ lesbian liaison with client

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A mother who had her child taken away by social services entered into a lesbian relationship with the social worker dealing with her case.

This week city social worker Nicola Bond was struck off after a disciplinary panel found her guilty of “reckless disregard” and taking advantage of a vulnerable client.

She was the social worker allocated to deal with the mother after her child had been taken into local authority care for five weeks.

Ms Bond admitted the relationship and said she knew it was inappropriate. She denied she had drawn the other woman into it.

She said things became intimate after the other woman told her she loved her.

Ms Bond disclosed the relationship to her bosses and was suspended, the panel heard,

But after the client complained to police about Ms Bond. The social worker was arrested but never charged.

The panel stated: “In light of the serious failings identified and lack of remediation...the only appropriate and proportionate sanction in this case is a strike off.”