Glasgow nursery boss banned staff from cuddling six week old baby when she cried

Posted: 21st April 2022

Nursery manager Joanne Lindsay also instructed carers to turn their backs on the tiny newborn baby girl and not to make eye contact with her when she was being fed.

 

A Glasgow nursery manager banned staff from cuddling a six week old baby when she cried.

Cruel Joanne Lindsay also told workers not to turn their back when they put her in a bouncer and not to make eye contact, even when she was being fed.

Details of her shocking behaviour were laid bare at a hearing of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) where it emerged she instructed carers not to bond with the infant.

In a report published last week, the investigation revealed that she isolated the little girl from the other children by refusing to allow her to be cared for properly.

Lindsay’s behaviour endured for seven months, putting her at risk of prolonged emotional harm.

The report explained: “You failed to meet her needs. As a young baby it is important for her to bond with others and learn social cues, but you denied her this ability and put her at risk of emotional harm.

“Your advice to staff was seriously misguided.”

The probe also highlighted Lindsay’s failure to show any insight into how her behaviour impacted the baby.

Fortunately staff were upset at being asked to treat her inappropriately and ignored Lindsay’s instructions and cared for the child appropriately.

The reported pointed out: “There is concern that you fail to recognise on the whole how isolating such a young baby and try to prevent them from bonding with care givers could impact her wellbeing.”

A year long warning was placed on Lindsay’s record by the SSSC, and she was ordered to carry out training on appropriate caring for infants.

Source: Glasgow Live

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