Nursery nurse who called toddler “terrorist” struck off day care register
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Friday July 22 2016
BBC News reports on a nursery nurse who has been struck off the children’s services day care register for displaying “a pattern of concerning behaviour” which included calling a two year old a “bomber” and a “terrorist”.
The Scottish Social Services Council ruled that Nikki Alexander had committed misconduct in June and July 2015 while working for the Busy Bees nursery in Edinburgh.
Ms Alexander was said to have used inappropriate language when speaking to young children in her care and placing some under risk of harm.
The SSSC notes Ms Alexander’s terms of abuse toward a toddler referred to only as BB. According to the conduct committee’s judgment, Ms Alexander called the young child “a “bomber” and a “terrorist”, and used words to the effect of “go away and bomb somewhere else” and “go away you terrorist”.
In a ruling setting out its reasons for applying the sanction of striking off the register, the SSSC noted that Ms Alexander had “racially abused a child and placed them at risk of harm” among other acts shown to be incompatible with her role and responsibilities.
The ruling states Ms Alexander “made abusive comments to a young service user that were racially aggravated […] demonstrate[ing] a serious disregard for the Code of Practice, particularly given the racially aggravated nature of the comments made to BB.”
The judgment notes: “Using discriminatory language is demeaning and devaluing towards the child and caused, or was likely to cause, embarrassment, humiliation and distress for the child. It is behaviour which put a service user at risk of emotional and psychological harm and is behaviour that is incompatible with the behaviour expected of a person registered with SSSC.”
Ms Alexander was removed from the register of Practitioners in a Day Care of Children Services with effect from 15 July 2016.
It is not clear if any criminal charges relating to a possible racially aggravated offence have been brought against Ms Alexander.