Teachers fight back over abuse allegations
Wednesday 06 July 1994
New guidelines published yesterday call on headteachers to think twice before they suspend a teacher accused of physical or sexual misconduct by a pupil.
The Council of Local Education Authorities has joined with the six main teaching associations to draw up procedures after a sharp rise in the number of false accusations.
'These allegations may be false, malicious or misplaced, and may be either deliberate or innocent of such intent', the guidelines say.
The second biggest teaching association, the National Association of Schoolmasters/ Union of Women Teachers, says allegations against its members rose from 71 to 158 between 1991 and 1993, while convictions rose from 7 to 9.
The guidelines say schools should first decide if the allegations have any foundation. If they do not, they should consider whether the child could have been abused by someone else, and offer counselling and support.
If a teacher is suspended, he or she should be kept informed of developments during the investigation, and helped to readjust to school if the charges prove groundless.
Every Roman Catholic diocese in Britain will have a priest to deal with child sex abuse after a series of scandals involving clergy, the Church said yesterday.
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 4 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
£7 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This care provider is looking for Home ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...
£27000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A growing, successful, friendly...
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This family owned, independent ...