A woman banned from working with children and young adults has appeared in court after applying to become a driving instructor.

Former bus driver Fathema Farjana, 32, was reported to police after a DBS background check revealed she was subject to a 10-year prohibition on being employed in certain roles.  

Norwich Magistrates’ Court was told she had been placed on the barred list in 2019 after she received a caution for causing unnecessary suffering to a child. 

The order bans her from being employed in jobs working with children or vulnerable adults aged between 18 and 24. 

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Prosecutor Lesla Small said when interviewed by police she had claimed to be unaware of the prohibition or that it would cover work as a driving instructor. 

The mother-of-two told officers she had not received any letters confirming the ban and that she had since moved from Ilford in London to Norwich.

Eastern Daily Press: Former bus driver Fathema Farjana was fined at Norwich Magistrates' CourtFormer bus driver Fathema Farjana was fined at Norwich Magistrates' Court (Image: Newsquest)

Farjana, of Templemere in New Catton, pleaded guilty to seeking to engage in regulated activity from which she was barred between January 1 and April 19 last year.

Richard Mann, mitigating, said: “This is a really unusual case where she has come up to Norfolk seeking a better life and being a former London bus driver she applied to work as a driving instructor. 

“She did check the requirements for the job before applying and thought that there would be no problem.”

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He told magistrates her 2019 caution had related to briefly leaving her young child at home while she moved her car but that “unfortunately child neglect is a trigger offence and as a result she is barred from certain jobs”.  

"That she would be deemed a risk to children never entered her head. Had she known she would never have applied for this job," he added.

Magistrates fined her £80 and ordered her to pay costs of £32.