Abuse guidance welcome

2nd December 2005 at 00:00
I am delighted that education and lifelong learning minister Jane Davidson has welcomed the Department for Education and Skills guidance on handling allegations against school staff, and is consulting on its implementation in Wales.

The Professional Association of Teachers welcomes the fact that the guidance focuses on dealing with allegations quickly and consistently.

These procedures should not take longer than necessary.

We welcome advice that employers should be proactive in progressing cases rather than letting them take their course.

The DfES guidance recognises that there should be basic safeguards and rights for school staff accused of abuse. They are entitled to expect support from all the relevant agencies. However, in our view, they are also entitled to anonymity so we are disappointed that the Westminster government does not agree. I hope that the Welsh government will think differently.

Nick Griffin

Regional officer Cymru

Professional Association of Teachers

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Lampeter Velfry, Narberth Pembrokeshire

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