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UK Teachers accused of crimes against pupils to be granted anonymity
Guardian ^ | September 28, 2012 | Owen Bowcott

Posted on 09/29/2012 5:42:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Teachers accused of committing criminal offences involving children at their school will be granted anonymity under regulations which come into force next week.

...The provisions, introduced under section 13 of the Education Act 2011, mean teachers will become the first group to receive automatic anonymity when accused of a certain category of criminal offences. Once the teacher has been charged he or she can be identified.....

......Bob Satchwell, executive editor of the Society of Editors, condemned the provisions as an attack on free speech. "It will be a criminal offence for anyone – pupil, parent, police, school, local authority, whistleblower, media – even to inform parents or the general public that an identified teacher has admitted that the allegation is true and has resigned, has been disciplined, or even cautioned for the offence," he said.

......The accused teacher could be disciplined, sacked and move on, but unless they were charged with a criminal offence, no one could name them and the new school might not be allowed to know there had been a problem, he said.

The penalty for breaching the anonymity is a fine of up to £5,000. During the passage of the bill, the government argued that anonymity was necessary to protect teachers from the "devastating consequences" of malicious accusations by pupils, even though it was pointed out that only 2% of allegations against teachers turned out to be malicious, and pupils had made 15 malicious claims in the previous few years.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: education; school; teachers; teacherunion

1 posted on 09/29/2012 5:43:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Holy cow.

Even less effort to protect kids from these predators.

Just wow...

2 posted on 09/29/2012 6:05:02 AM PDT by moovova (Hey buddy, can you spare a tagline?)
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