An Islamic social worker told a drug-addicted Muslim mother to move to Bangladesh or risk losing her children to Christianity, a hearing was told.Whoops! Oh, well, I'm sure she ticked a box on someones diversity sheet, and that must have been what she was really hired for, all things considered:
The General Social Care Council heard that Le Jardin offered to help her rig a urine test, while she also suggested that the woman's disabled 14-year-old daughter could have been impregnated by her father when she put on weight.Obviously, those weren't considered serious enough failings to warrant sacking her though, because she carried on working:
Speaking for the GSCC, Paul Raudwitz told the hearing that Le Jardin, who joined the team in 2002, "did not work sensitively with children to whom she was responsible", adding that she was "not always honest and trustworthy".
"She did not work in partnership with childrens’ parents and acted in a disrespectful manner by failing to keep the few appointments she did make," he said.Wow! She must have held a practically unbeatable hand at Victimhood Poker to get away with this...
"She accused people without sound factual basis and was entirely unmanageable."
He alleged that Le Jardin was overtly racist to black colleagues and families she was supposed to be helping, claiming that "she made derogatory and insinuating comments about them."
Le Jardin - who has since had a nervous breakdown - did not attend the hearing in central London as she now lives in Saudi Arabia.Hmm, that seems to be a popular way of avoiding justice. So, what's she charged with?
Well, actually, it might be easier to outline what she's not charged with:
Charges she faces include not safeguarding children for whom she was responsible, not implementing child protection plans, not working sensitively with children or in partnership with parents and other professionals.Whew! It seems fraud was the only thing she didn't...
She also denies producing unprofessional reports, failing to respond appropriately to management, failing to engage sensitively with issues of diversity and dressing and behaving unprofessionally and inappropriately.
It is also claimed that while on sick leave from Merton between June and October 2008 she was moonlighting with a temp agency for the London Borough of Croydon.In what other profession would someone with a record like this be tolerated for (it seems) quite a few years?