North Beds NASUWT

News and Support from The NASUWT

“Threats of criminal action may make headlines but it is no substitute for the support schools need in seeking to address this highly complex and difficult aspect of their responsibilities” – Chris Keates

“Seeking to ratchet up the pressure on them and on others by threats of criminal action may make headlines but it is no substitute for the support schools need in seeking to address this highly complex and difficult aspect of their responsibilities and should not deflect from the responsibility government has to ensure that  there is a coherent system of properly resourced children’s services, of which schools are an integral part.”Chris Keates

– Chris Keates NASUWT

Commenting on reports of the announcements the Prime Minister will make at a Downing Street Summit today about action proposed to be taken against certain public service workers, including teachers, who fail to report sexual abuse of children and young people, Chris Keates, The General Secretary of the largest teachers’ union in the UK said:

“No one can fail but to be shocked by the horrific abuse of young girls revealed by recent investigations, including the Report today on Oxfordshire. Safeguarding of children and young people is paramount. No one recognises this more than teachers.”

“Schools are already highly regulated environments with regard to the safeguarding of pupils”, said Chris Keates, General Secretary of The NASUWT.

It was reported that social workers, education practitioners and local councillors would be covered by the sanction, which would be introduced as an extension of the crime of wilful neglect of patients by care workers in this year’s Criminal Justice and Courts Act.

Chris Keates continued, “Teachers are very aware of their responsibilities in this regard. They are already subject to a range of statutory provisions and disciplinary procedures which govern their conduct.”

A coherent system of properly resourced children’s services is important, Chris Keates, The General Secretary of The NASUWT, said, “Seeking to ratchet up the pressure on teachers, and on others, by threats of criminal action may make headlines, but it is no substitute for the support schools need in seeking to address this highly complex and difficult aspect of their responsibilities, and should not deflect from the responsibility government has to ensure that  there is a coherent system of properly resourced children’s services, of which schools are an integral part.

Recognising the need for consultation, she said, “The NASUWT will be considering the implications of today’s announcement very carefully once the detail has been shared”. She added, “As there has been no consultation prior to these provisions being introduced, we will seek to engage with the Coalition Government to identify what support teachers, school leaders and schools will require to enable them to protect fully the children and young people in their care.”

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on March 4, 2015 by in The NASUWT and tagged , .

Marching with Trade Union Colleagues

Our Day Out

Archives

%d bloggers like this: