'Too many children tell lies'

7th November 1997 at 00:00
"I am not saying there are no bad apples," Mrs Whitehead said. "But there are mischievous allegations and, of course, we all know that children dig themselves into a deeper hole to avoid retracting their allegations.

"This is in a climate where parents are usually unwilling to believe anybody other than their child. We have all had the experience of the parent who says: 'I know my child is not an angel but one thing I know is that he's not a liar.'

"I am open-mouthed in amazement when I hear that because one thing we do know is that many children will tell lies if it gets them out of a hole."

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