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Children at Risk in Schools

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Propaganda: safety risk for education otherwise than at school


Home educators are currently subject to enormous amounts of propaganda and "spin" suggesting that education otherwise than at school is a high risk area for children. * Unprecedented effort is being put into forming "evidence" that a child not in a school is a child at severe risk of undetected abuse.

So far the propaganda supplied by detractors has not produced any real evidence, only hearsay and drama, that current levels of state regulation of education are not adequate to manage any concerns about children who happen to receive their education otherwise than at school.


 *NASWE Supplementary info to EHE guidelines consult response


*London Safeguarding Network



This sort of propaganda is however not a new thing. Sadly home educators have previously had to challenge erroneous remarks in the press linking child abuse with home education. In March 2004, The Association for Education Welfare Mangement (AEWM) asked the then Children's Minister, Margaret Hodge, for the power to check up on home educators because, they alleged, "Some parents claim they are educating their children at home to hide the fact they are abusing them".


However, Jenny Price, general secretary of the AEWM later apologised for misinforming the public.


Truth about safety risk in school


The links below serve as a reminder that it is no coincidence that many parents find education otherwise than at school a much safer place than school for their children. It took just a couple of hours to find and upload over 60 of these examples of severe abuse in schools that came to court and were allowed to be reported - imagine what a thorough search and unrestricted reporting would reveal about the places that NASWE and the London Safeguarding Network would have us use to protect our children.



Tackling Violence in Schools: A Report from the UK states: "While violence in schools is reported anecdotally in the media and on telephone helplines such as ChildLine, there is no central register of violence in schools statistics available from either the DfEE (personal communication) or the Home Office (personal communication). Currently, the best indicators for violence in schools are available in the form of school exclusion statistics from the DfEE and DENI, pupil/teacher and parent/teacher violence statistics taken from the British Crime Survey (1999) and prevalence rates of pupil/pupil bullying suggested by independent research."


The Investigation and Referral Support Coordinators (IRSCs) (now replaced by Allegations Management Advisors based in Local Government Offices and working with the Local Safeguarding Children Boards) were asked to work with LEAs to undertake an audit of allegations against staff for the periods September 2001 to August 2002 and September 2003 to August 2004. The results of the 03/04 audit can be seen here:  Audit of allegations against teachers.pdf


Some of the findings:


  • 0.4% of the workforce (all school staff) faced an allegation of abuse in the year 03/04



Using the research reference to total workforce of 427,700 teachers and 243,100 support staff, (670,800 personnel) this amounts to 2,683 staff facing an allegation of abuse in that year.


  • 64% of those cases were allegations of phycical abuse or inappropriate handling, 15% were re inappropriate language or behaviour and 17% were re sexual abuse.
  • 24% of all cases led to an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, 11% of which determined significant harm
  • 31% of all cases led to criminal investigations, 4% of which led to a formal caution and 12% of which led to the member of staff being charged with an offence. A further 19% of these were referred to the CPS for consideration with a third of those eventually going to court where 71% resulted in a conviction


This equates to 33 formal cautions, 100 charged with an offence and 158 more referred to the CPS of whom 112 were eventually convicted



- 255 school staff seriously harming children (numbers unspecified) between September 2003 and August 2004 where a child was brave enough to bring a case and sufficient evidence was secured.


This is apart from the cases that were referred for S47 investigations. The tip of the iceberg?


from the NSPCC response to Children, Schools and Families Select Committee inquiry into Allegations against School Staff (Children, Schools and Families Select Committee, May 2009)




"In 2007-08, ChildLine received 68,758 calls about physical abuse, sexual

abuse, emotional abuse, unspecified abuse, school problems and bullying.

Records show that in 11,705 calls the perpetrator of the abuse was unknown.

However, a collation of the number of calls on this issue show that 1,491

children counselled, a teacher was identified as the perpetrator of the abuse.

This figure (1,491) includes all calls where a teacher was mentioned as the

perpetrator of abuse and could include repeat callers or calls which do not

appear genuine in their presentation. The figure also only includes the number

of children and young people who positively identified a perpetrator of abuse,

many did not; thus the actual number of children and young people abused by

a teacher or another member of the school staff could potentially be larger."





Evidence that families, not schools, are the real "safety net". 


The BBC's Newsround team surveyed 1000 children aged between 6 and 12 years and found that "In a crisis, 76% would turn first to their mother for help, 11% would choose their father and 2% would go to a teacher"



In a study reported by the NSPCC, 1979 young people aged 18 -24 years, were interviewed about their childhood experiences. They reported many sources of adult support and advice within their families and communities. 69% said they would turn to their mother with their problems or dilemmas, 40% to their father and 21% to a teacher (the total of greater than 100% indicates some children reported more than one source of help).





Please add to this page links to any relevant research .




In Government


DCSF (Previously DfES)


A minister who allowed a registered sex offender to work as a PE teacher will keep his job.


Malvern Hills District Councillor


A former councillor has been fined after being convicted of possessing and making indecent images of children which were found on his council laptop.


Knives in schools


1. At the end of "Be Safe" weapons awareness courses, pupils are asked if they would like to hand in their blades, or leave knives under their seats. Hundreds have been left behind at the courses which have been running mainly in London and surrounding counties since 1998.


2. Fifty-two pupils were caught with knives in Greater Manchester schools over the last two years - 12 of them at primary schools, police confirmed.


Safe in Schools? News Stories  






A former music teacher who persuaded girls to perform sex acts over the internet has been jailed for two years and eight months.


Berkshire 1


A history teacher has been found guilty of 16 counts of indecent assault involving five pupils in the 1990s.


Berkshire 2


A former teacher at Eton College is facing jail for child pornography offences.


Berkshire 3


A former history teacher who tried to groom what he thought was a 12-year-old girl on the internet has been given a 12-month suspended sentence.


Berkshire 4


A former teacher and Labour councillor walked free from court on Wednesday after admitting viewing child porn.

Nelson Bland, 50, from Reading, was sentenced to 100 hours community service at Reading Magistrates' Court.


Bristol 1


A teacher who downloaded child pornography on to a computer he later donated to his school has been sentenced to a three-month community rehabilitation order.


Bristol 2


A Bristol teacher, found guilty of filming young girls in their underwear, has escaped a jail sentence.




A games teacher has been jailed for four years after he admitted committing a sex act on a pupil.


Buckinghamshire 2


Serious Case Review: Sex abuse in school undetected for years.




A Football League referee (and teacher), who admitted e-mailing sexually explicit images to a 14-year-old boy, has been given a three-year community order




Teacher David Mulvey, 51, who taught in Crewe, Cheshire has been told he faces a jail term after being convicted of using his computer to access child pornography. 


Cornwall 1


A Cornish music teacher was jailed after taking advantage of a teenage pupil who had a crush on him.


Cornwall 2


A retired deputy head teacher from Cornwall has been found guilty of indecent assault against 23 small boys.


Derby 1


Teacher who worked in 13 different schools in Derby raped a child from age 5 to age 8 til she told her parents. He photographed himself raping her. He also had indecent images of children in his possession some of which were of 2 children in schools where he worked.



Devon 1


A primary school teacher found with nearly 2,000 indecent images of young children has been jailed for two years.


Devon 2


A former boarding school teacher has been jailed for 10 years and nine months after being convicted of 13 sexual offences against children


Devon 3


A teacher jailed for sexually abusing boys at schools in Wales and Devon has begun an appeal against his conviction. Brian Ely, 71, was sentenced to 15 years at Exeter Crown Court in 2001 for 26 sex offences against boys dating back 40 years.


Devon 4


A school teacher from Plymouth has admitted making and processing indecent images of children on his computer.


Devon 5


A married female teacher who committed a sex act with a teenage boy at a Devon school has been sacked.


Devon 6


A 25-year-old trainee teacher who committed an internet sex offence involving a young girl has been banned from working with children.


Devon 7


A former primary school head teacher has appeared in court in Devon charged with indecently assaulting girls. 


Devon 8


A former PE teacher who used a social networking site to offer a 15-year-old pupil £200 for sex has been jailed for 21 months.


Dorset 1


A teacher took more than 350 photos of boys' bottoms in his flat and kept a pair of trunks sealed in a bag for more than 12 years, a court heard.


East Yorkshire 1


A teacher has been jailed for abusing his position of trust by having sex with three schoolgirls.


East Yorkshire 2


A teacher has been jailed for 16 months after admitting having an affair with a 14-year-old pupil.


East Yorkshire 3


An art teacher faces a lengthy prison sentence after he admitted having sex with a 15-year-old pupil.


East Yorkshire 4


A teacher from East Yorkshire who abused his position of trust by having a relationship with one of his pupils, then aged 14, has avoided prison.




Helen Da Costa, a former primary school teacher, was jailed for five years.


Gloucestershire 1


The head teacher of a special needs school who pleaded guilty to cruelty against a pupil has been banned from teaching for 18 months.


Gloucestershire 2


A teacher who was Head of IT at a comprehensive school has been ordered to register as a sex offender after downloading more than 100 images of child pornography.


Gloucestershire 3


A teacher who sexually abused a teenage girl over four years has been jailed for two years.


Gloucestershire 4


A teacher was jailed for two-and-a-half years for having an affair with a sixth-former at a school in Cheltenham.


Gloucestershire 5


A music teacher has been jailed for having sex with one pupil and taking naked pictures of another.


Gloucestershire 6


A primary school head teacher left a boy with a broken leg in agony while she finished her lunch


Greater Manchester 1


A teacher from Greater Manchester who downloaded more than 150 child pornography images has avoided being sent to jail.


Greater Manchester 2


A 29-year-old teacher who sent sexually explicit Christmas cards to pupils and stole items of their clothing from the school has been jailed for 14 months.


Hampshire 1


A senior teacher at a Hampshire school has admitted a series of sex charges committed against a schoolgirl.


Hampshire 2


A teacher who abused children for over 30 years and kept illegal pornographic images has been jailed for three years.


Hampshire 3


A former teacher at a top independent school who admitted downloading child pornography on to his home computer has been sentenced to 12 months community rehabilitation, narrowly missing a jail term.


Hampshire 4


A teacher has been charged with having indecent images of children and abusing a position of trust.




A 54-year-old former geography teacher from Hertfordshire who photographed a colleague molesting a teenage boy has been jailed for 20 months.


Kent 1


An 80-year-old retired teacher and Baptist minister has been jailed for two years for molesting five girls.


Kent 2


A Kent sports teacher has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of involvement in people trafficking and prostitution.


Kent 3


Two staff who were suspended from work over claims they tied up a student's arms and legs have left the school involved, a spokeswoman said.


Kent 4


A primary school teacher from Kent has pleaded guilty to a series of child sex offences at a crown court hearing.




A teacher who abused a nine-year-old boy during a PE lesson has been jailed for 12 months at Preston Crown Court.




A former piano teacher from Leicestershire has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a schoolboy.


Lincolnshire 1


A Lincolnshire man [teacher] who sexually assaulted two boys has been jailed for six years.


Lincolnshire 2


A former teacher who admitted having thousands of child pornography images has been jailed for two years.




A former RE and English teacher has been jailed for six months for possessing child pornography.


London - Haringey


A teacher has been charged with indecently assaulting a girl and making and possessing child pornography.


Manchester 1


A teacher from Greater Manchester has been charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.


Merseyside 1


A special needs teacher who admitted holding a child's head under water and smearing spaghetti on the faces of children has been spared jail.


Merseyside 2


A retired teacher from Merseyside found with more than 150,000 pornographic images of children on his computer has been jailed indefinitely.


Merseyside 3


A female teacher at a top school on Merseyside has been arrested following a police investigation into alleged sexual misconduct with students.


Norfolk 1


A former head teacher who abused pupils at a special school for more than a decade has been given a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years.


Norfolk 2


A former teacher from Norfolk has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for exposing himself to a young girl.


Norfolk 3


The former deputy head of a school in Norfolk has been jailed for more than five years after admitting sexual offences against a teenage girl.


North Yorkshire 1


A primary school teacher has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for sexually abusing young boys.


North Yorkshire 2


A former school teacher has been jailed for six years after being convicted of indecently assaulting young girls.




A teacher who indecently assaulted two boys after sending them up to 1,500 text messages has been jailed for four years.


Northumberland 1


The former music teacher was found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court on 23 January of preying on four youngsters during the 1970s and 1980s.


Northumberland 2


A former art teacher convicted after a long-running inquiry into sex abuse at North-East children's homes is to have his case heard by the Court of Appeal.


Shropshire 1


A PE teacher has been sentenced to two years in jail for having sex with a 15-year-old schoolgirl.


Shropshire 2


A female teacher has been jailed for two years after admitting to having sex and taking drugs with a 15-year-old schoolboy.




A teacher and former Childline charity volunteer has walked free from court after being sentenced for seven sex offences.
A former teacher from Suffolk who looked at more than 200 indecent images of children on school computers has been given a three-year rehabilitation order.


Sussex 1


A teacher has been found guilty of 10 charges of sexually abusing pupils at a primary school in West Sussex.


Sussex 2


A deputy head teacher who groomed a 14-year-old girl for sex after he posed as a schoolboy on an Internet chatroom has been jailed for four years.


Sussex 3


A former PE teacher and cricket coach from Sussex has admitted distributing child pornography on the Internet.


Sussex 4


A trainee maths teacher whose collection of child pornography was discovered by a pupil, has been jailed for three and a half years.




A paedophile who fantasised about killing a child has been given a six-year-jail sentence.


Warwickshire 1


A former vicar and a paedophile rights campaigner have been jailed after a huge child pornography library was uncovered... O'Carroll worked as a teacher in Coventry in the 1970s and founded the now defunct Paedophile Information Exchange.


Warwickshire 2


A teacher jailed for having sexual relations with two 16-year-old pupils has failed to win a cut in his jail term.


West Midlands


A teacher who admitted putting a camera in a school's female toilets has been given a three-year probation order.


West Yorkshire


A deputy head who carried out a series of sex attacks on young girls has been sent to crown court for sentencing.


Wiltshire 1


Peter Hamilton-Leggett of Yelverton, Devon, was jailed for eight years at Swindon Crown Court after admitting 54 sex offences against boys, some as young as eight.


Wiltshire 2


A former house master and mathematics teacher, admitted two counts relating to the possession of indecent pictures of children.



Northern Ireland


Belfast 1


A former teacher awarded an OBE for services to young people has been jailed for indecent assault.


Belfast 2


A music teacher who downloaded 150 videos of children being abused has been jailed for a year.


Belfast 3


A Belfast teacher has appeared in court on a child pornography charge.


Belfast 4


A grammar school teacher has appeared in court charged with making and possessing indecent images of children.


County Antrim


A teacher who formerly worked at a County Antrim grammar school has been given a one year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to charges linked to computer child pornography.


County Down 1


A County Down schoolteacher has been jailed for one year for indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy he met through the Internet.


County Down 2


A teacher at a County Down grammar school has been charged with making and possessing indecent images of children.








A former Aberdeen school teacher who admitted having sex with a 15-year-old pupil has avoided a jail sentence.




Two men were found guilty of physically and sexually abusing children in their care at Kerelaw, which looked after children with significant emotional, social and behavioural problems.




A school music teacher has been jailed for 18 months for viewing thousands of pictures of child pornography on his home computer.


Tayside 1


An assistant rector who downloaded hundreds of child pornography pictures has been struck off the register of the General Teaching Council of Scotland.


Tayside 2


A school bus driver who drugged and then sexually abused children over a period of six years has been jailed for five years.


Tayside 3


A supply teacher at a Falkirk Secondary school has been suspended over allegations he kissed two schoolgirls in a classroom.


Ring in Various Areas


Ring of paedophiles jailed, one of whom was a highly respected youth worker. The jury found Rennie - the former chief of LGBT Youth Scotland, an organisation which offers advice on sexuality to young people - guilty of molesting a young boy over more than four years. The child was just three months old when the abuse started.  





A teacher, Paul Cornelius Jones, 39, originally from Cardiff, accused of distributing child porn over the internet has had an arrest warrant issued against him after he failed to turn up at a Thai court.




A judge has sentenced a Ceredigion school teacher to a three-year sex offender's programme after he indecently assaulted a teenage pupil.




An ex-teacher who was sent to prison for downloading child pornography, has been jailed again for re-offending.




A student has been struck off the register for social workers, after being convicted of child sex abuse.


Pembrokeshire 1


A learning support assistant broke down in court as she told a jury how she watched a head teacher intimately examine a four-year-old female pupil.


Registered 'care' settings




Ofsted: 20,000 children 'at risk' of neglect in bad nurseries


Nursery worker distributing indecent images of children charged with sexual assault:





Care Homes

Scotland child abuse scandal: Man abused hundreds of children over a period of 25 years in the children's homes he ran. Hundreds of cries for help by children in his care were ignored by members of staff. Scotland's biggest child abuse scandal.



Read about the enquiry here:




Medical Professionals


Derbyshire GP Robert Manley convicted of possessing over 6,000 child pornography images on his PC


This Derbyshire psychiatrist Andrew Clayton had amassed 90,000 indecent images of children.


GP Kevin O'Sullivan



















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