Protect us from false allegations

11th June 2004 at 01:00
It was encouraging to read (TES Cymru, May 21) that most parents support action against those who make false allegations against teachers. This suggests parents recognise that such accusations are often irresponsible at best and at worst are malicious.

Even though most turn out to be unfounded, an allegation is enough for some local newspapers to indulge in lurid reporting. By so doing they not only cause distress to innocent teachers and their families but also encourage a practice which can undermine those who seek to maintain order in our schools.

Last year's Professional Association of Teachers' conference supported unanimously a motion from the union's Welsh executive committee that teachers and support staff facing such allegations should have a right to anonymity unless they are charged with a criminal offence.

The union will continue to campaign for such action.

John Till

Regional officer (north and mid-Wales)

PAT (Cymru)

2 St James' Court

Friar Gate, Derby

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