Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Psychologist avoids permanent ban

"A psychologist at Kids Company has avoided being permanently banned from working in the UK after giving class A drugs to a vulnerable young woman she met through the now-defunct charity."

"Dr Helen Winter admitted taking MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, and being under its influence with two clients of the charity at a nightclub in south London in January 2014."

"She was banned from practising for 12 months at a professional hearing on Wednesday."

"The psychologist said she took drugs on several occasions during her leisure time, tested positive for cocaine and let two vulnerable young people, known as clients C and D, stay at her flat."

"Winter had denied offering the drug to the client or taking it in front of her in the nightclub toilet, but a Health and Care Professions Council panel found all the charges proven and ruled that Winter’s fitness to practise was impaired."

"Following a four-day hearing in London in January, she was given an interim 18-month suspension and on Wednesday was barred from the register for 12 months, stopping her from working as a practitioner psychologist in the UK."

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