Former Nottingham social worker, Myriam Bamkin, has been charged with sexual misconduct and has been jailed for having sex with a 15-year-old in the 1980s.
Myriam Bamkin, now 61 years old, was allowed to continue her job for more than 30 years after the incident first took place and was ignored. Now married and a grandmother, Myriam has been jailed for 30 months in prison for having indecent sexual relations with a 15-year-old when she was in her 20’s. She appeared at the Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, June 1.
Before the incident, the child had a troubled life at home and had to be moved to the Amberdale Observation and Assessment Centre for young people in Stapleford. This was where he met Myriam. She took special care of the child, gave him a lot of attention and took him to the gym daily – where she would have sex with him.
“They started to do that more frequently than any other member of staff,” said to Rebecca Herbert, the prosecutor of the case. “She spent time in his bedroom, sitting close to him watching TV.”
She added, “Having sex once in the gym was at her instigation and a culmination, in effect, of grooming behavior by her for some months before that”.
It was also revealed that she had sex with him in a tent while on a camping trip. This was when he had just turned 16. The two were overheard by a staff member, but no serious action was taken. The staff member did report the incident but ‘unfortunately nothing much happened about it’.
Rebecca Herbert added, “The head of the unit appeared to have told that member of staff to keep it to himself and it was swept under the carpet.”
Speaking to Myriam, Rebecca said, “Those staff felt let down by the head of the unit and also very let down by you.”
Myriam was allowed to work as a social worker until April 5, 2016, when she was suspended as the victim finally lodged the complaint. Sentencing her, the judge put her on the sex offenders list indefinitely, and placed a ban on her for working as a social worker.
The service director for youth, families and social work at Nottinghamshire County Council, Steve Edwards, was pleased with the decision of the court and felt let down by the actions of the social worker. He said, “As soon as the allegations came to light Bamkin was immediately suspended from her post. She no longer works for Nottinghamshire County Council.”
Steve continued, “I want to take this opportunity to personally thank the victim of Bamkin’s abuse for coming forward, it was a courageous step to take and I can only imagine how difficult this must have been for him. I would encourage anyone who feels they have been abused to contact Nottinghamshire Police”.
DC Vincent Clark said, “Hopefully, this outcome will give the victim some closure on what happened all those years ago.”
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