Education & Skills Committee
Allegations Against School Staff
HC 695, Fifth Report of Session 2008-09 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Children, Schools and Families Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
This report, 'Allegations Against School Staff (HC 695)', examines the incidence and consequences of allegations by parents or pupils against school staff of physical abuse or unnecessary force or sexual misconduct.
While some of these allegations will be true and should be punished, many will be unfounded, and only a tiny percentage lead to a caution or conviction of the staff member. Those wrongly accused are likely to go through a period of intense distress and may have their lives and careers ruined.
The Committee's conclusions and recommendations include:
School staff, like anyone else accused of wrongdoing, should be seen as innocent until proven guilty.
The aim should always be to deal with allegations speedily, effectively and justly, to minimise the cost and the impact upon those accused.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families should compile data on allegations, including numbers of those referred to local authorities and those leading to police investigations or suspension. Only then can it begin to assess the cost of allegations to schools and their staff, both in personal and financial terms.
In turn, employers should carry out more systematic reviews of how individual allegations were handled, to assess whether any suspension of a member of staff was justified and whether the allegation was handled expeditiously.
The report makes recommendations on:
the investigatory process;
suspension of staff;
anonymity for those subject to allegations;
personnel records; and
police records and disclosure.
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