A social worker has been struck off for his "deplorable" conduct which put vulnerable children "at risk of harm".
Sean Joseph McEnaney was struck off by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) over concerns he failed to adequately safeguard two children, one of whom was believed to have been sexually abused.
The ruling by the regulator, following a hearing on May 5 and 6, means he is banned from practising.
He formerly worked for Hounslow Council but the council has said the malpractice was not related to his employment there.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard how Mr McEnaney had failed to adequately safeguard two children following a disclosure suggesting one of them may have been sexually abused.
The panel's ruling labelled his actions "deplorable" and claimed they had "placed service users at risk of harm".
Panel chairman Andrew Gell said: "Mr McEnaney's actions were serious and deliberate, involving sexual abuse issues in respect of vulnerable (child) service users.
"There is a complete absence of insight and a real risk of recurrence. There was no evidence of ability or willingness on the part of Mr McEnaney to resolve matters."
The panel found there was "substantial evidence" to suggest the child in question may have been abused, including the child's own disclosure and behaviour at school.
However, it stated Mr McEnaney did not acknowledge the possible sexual abuse and he had suggested the child's behaviour may not have been inappropriate as "children explore their own bodies".
* This article was edited on May 21 following clarification from the HCPC and Hounslow Council