A Glasgow carer who engaged in sexual activity with a colleague while on duty has been struck off.
Jamie Kristoffersen was employed as a support worker by Community Integrated Care in 2021, when the incident occurred.
On or around September 25 that year, Kristofferson engaged in sexual behaviour with his colleague ZZ, in a bedroom belonging to service user AA – while on duty.
As a result, he was also found to have left service users AA and BB unsupervised, and therefore at risk of harm.
A hearing by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) decided that, since there was enough evidence to support the allegations, Kristofferson’s fitness to practise was impaired.
The watchdog stated that the behaviour was “serious”, and fell below the standard expected of a social service worker.
It added that not only had the incident resulted in the service users being left at an “unnecessary risk of harm”, they were also placed at further risk of harm by potential exposure to witnessing sexual activity between the colleagues.
It said: “Your behaviour violates the fundamental values of the profession and breached the trust and confidence placed in you by your employer, users of services and members of the public.
“You have failed to provide an acceptable level of care to AA and BB.”
The SSSC concluded that, since Kristofferson had failed to show insight, regret, or apology for the incident – alongside other factors – he would be removed from the register effective December 7.
Allison Cochrane, managing director for Scotland at Community Integrated Care, said: “At Community Integrated Care the safety and wellbeing of the people we support is paramount, and it is clear that this behaviour falls significantly short of the standards we expect of our colleagues.
“As soon as we became aware of this incident, we took immediate action, suspending those involved and notifying all relevant authorities, including the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and the Care Inspectorate. We are in full support of the SSSC’s decision and are pleased that this aligns with the findings of our own internal investigation.”