Disgraced care worker with 'glowing' career reduced to 'terror' at prospect of jail after offence
A CARE worker who had enjoyed a ‘glowing’ career was reduced to ‘terror’ at the prospect of jail after working with vulnerable adults having previously been barred.
Balbir Kaur, 39, continued to work for Kare Plus from July 10, 2019, to January 31, 2020, despite not being allowed after thieving from a vulnerable adult.
The fall from grace had been ‘sad’ according to her lawyer Giles Bedloe who told Portsmouth Crown Court she was now working on the checkouts at a supermarket.
‘The whole sorry episode has left her lacking in confidence and questioning whether she has any future in the industry,’ he said.
‘It saddens me to see someone who has taken all her qualifications and has glowing accolades to say they are through with it. She is now working on the checkouts and I find that upsetting.’
Kaur, of Kilmiston Close, Buckland, had been barred from working with vulnerable adults after receiving a police caution for stealing from a vulnerable adult in 2016 during her work as a carer.
The defendant was subsequently sent a letter by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in 2019 telling her she was not allowed to work with vulnerable adults.
Despite the ban, Kaur continued to perform her duties - and denied any wrongdoing. However, a jury convicted her of a single charge of working while barred.
During the sentence hearing Mr Bedloe said Kaur had ‘paid a heavy price’ for her actions, before adding: ‘She is terrified of the outcome. She comes here today acutely anxious.’
However, any fears over Kaur being immediately locked-up were swiftly dismissed by Recorder Robin Sellers before he delivered his sentence.
‘Honesty and integrity are really important in your industry,’ he said. ‘Nobody ever suggested you were anything other than pretty excellent at your job.
‘The greatest tragedy is that you remain barred. It’s a loss. You are a good carer and you can’t do it. It is a loss to everyone.
‘If it came out you were barred, it could affect larger structures like the licensing to the firm. It is a real blow for your character and your future has been changed by your actions. It’s a really sad situation.’
Kaur was handed a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work and told to pay a surcharge of £90.