Kids home carer had relationship with boy after wearing hot pants to work

A carer has been accused of getting into a "sexual" relationship with a 17-year-old after she reportedly wore a crop top and hot pants to work in a children's residential home, a hearing was told.

Jade Fitzpatrick, 26, was reportedly spotted kissing and hugging the teenage boy who lived in the home where she was employed.

The pair allegedly booked to go on a 200-mile trip from the home to Thorpe Park to stay in a hotel after they sparked a relationship together.

But when the teenager became angry and damaged a car because the trip had been called off, concerns were raised about Fitzpatrick, The Mirror reports.

It was heard that one colleague saw Fitzpatrick and the boy sitting with their legs draped across each other in Wrexham, North Wales.

The Social Care Wales panel heard that the 26-year-old had sent text messages to the boy saying: "I love you."

A neighbour had told a member of staff at the Keys Childcare group that he had seen Fitzpatrick and the youth kissing and hugging several times.

Graham Miles, presenting officer, said it all came to light when the youth damaged the car close to the home.

Mr Miles said: “She failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries and formed an inappropriate relationship which was sexually motivated."

Fitzpatrick was suspended after police investigated the relationship.

She first registered as a carer in 2014 and now faces four allegations of failing to maintain a professional boundary.

Fitzpatrick also reportedly communicated with the teenager in a language that no one else understood, the hearing was told.

As well as this, she would make reportedly visits to his room at night and close the door behind her.

Fitzpatrick's former partner Matthew Griffiths, who was working as a carer for another firm, is also facing allegations for dishonest conduct.

Mr Griffiths admitted two allegations of lying and said that his conduct had been dishonest at the hearing.

He has denied not failing to take appropriate action by reporting his suspicions about Fitzpatrick.

The hearing continues.

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