An unregistered childminder has been successfully prosecuted and fined after the Care Inspectorate investigated and provided evidence to the Procurator Fiscal. She now has a criminal record.
Unfortunately, the parents of the children being looked after were ordered to refund money to HMRC, as they were not entitled to tax credits, as the childminder was not a registered service.
The former childminder was registered previously but her registration was cancelled when she refused to make her service available for inspection. She continued to operate as a childminder while not being registered, and even attended local childminder groups, but when challenged by an inspector still denied that she was providing a childminding service. The Care Inspectorate continued with its investigation and gathered enough evidence to convince the Procurator Fiscal to prosecute.
Commenting on the case, Registration Manager Thirza Wilson said: “This is rare but the successful prosecution of this case shows that the Care Inspectorate will take action against services who operate while not being registered with the Care Inspectorate. Registration is a core part of providing reassurance to the public.
“This case also shows the importance of checking that a care service is registered with the Care Inspectorate before using its services – all you have to do is visit www.careinspectorate.com and use the ‘Find a care service’ function to check on its registration status.”