School staff sacked over child abuse

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NINE teachers in Doncaster have been dismissed after allegations of physical or sexual abuse against children over three years, according to shocking new figures.

The figures are contained in a new national report which says there has been a 19 per cent rise in allegations of physical and sexual child abuse in schools and nurseries in England over three academic years from 2008 to 2011.

The figures reveal that over the three years 37 alleged incidents were reported in Doncaster regarding inappropriate behaviour between a teacher and an under-age pupil of a sexual or non-sexual nature and 23 staff members were suspended during the investigations.

The report has been produced by IBB solicitors and is based on council responses to a freedom of information request.

The figures reveal more than 30 school or nursery staff from across Yorkshire as a whole have been dismissed after allegations of physical or sexual abuse against children over three years.

Malcolm Underhill, from IBB, who represent victims of child abuse, said the study had been conducted to see if children were better protected by measures brought in after the murders of Soham youngsters Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

He said: “The information collated from the majority of local education authorities support my concern that there are still too many people gaining access to children from their own iniquitous behaviour.”

Doncaster Council’s Director of the Children and Young People’s Service, Chris Pratt, said: “Ensuring the safety of all our school communities is of utmost important and rigorous procedures are in place for anyone who works with children in our schools.

“Like all authorities, through the work of our Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), we’re committed to providing effective record keeping and increased awareness around reporting on these types of incidents.”