Teachers to be barred for living with criminals

The Independent is reporting rules originally applying to child care centres are now being applied to schools meaning some heads and teachers will be barred in future if they live with someone who has a conviction for a violent or sexual crime…

The regulations, which also cover school support staff such as teaching assistants and dinner ladies, originally only applied to child-care centres – where they have been in place for around five years. Now, however, heads have been told they will also apply to schools.

Anyone providing education or child-care for children aged five or under now faces disqualification if they are found to be living with someone with a violent or sexually criminal past. They will also be barred from providing child-care for anyone aged eight or under…

One of the biggest dilemmas for the schools will be working out who is covered by the new regulations. All infant-school headteachers, for instance, come into contact with children aged five and under, as do midday supervisors.

A briefing paper on the new regulations drawn up for leaders of the NAHT says: “Should someone knowingly continue to work with or permit staff members who are disqualified by association [the term used for anyone falling foul of the regulations], they are committing a criminal offence punishable by up to six months in prison and/or a fine.

“There are a number of important issues that still need clarification… One of these is the definition of childcare in relation to schools… It seems, for example, that … clubs that could be considered child-care are such things as breakfast clubs and after-school clubs, which simply offer a form of child-minding facility.” Other clubs, such as music or sporting activities, are likely to be exempted…

A Department for Education spokeswoman said the legislation was not “new”, adding: “The disqualification criteria apply to all staff in schools who work in early years provision and child-care provision such as breakfast clubs and after-school care for children up to the age of eight. Schools and governing bodies should use their judgement in deciding which staff are covered and we have recently provided further information to help them understand the requirements.”

Headteachers say they were only told the legislation applied to schools just before the last half-term break…

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It does appear this govt legislation requires clarification on numerous levels. DfE washing hands of responsibility I notice

  2. colinsparkbridg

    SchoolsImprove Will teachers soon be barred if they have relatives (past or present) who are criminals?This barring is VERY VERY dangerous

  3. colinsparkbridg

    SchoolsImprove Will teachers soon be barred if they have relatives (past or present) who are criminals?This barring is VERY VERY dangerous

  4. colinsparkbridg

    SchoolsImprove Will teachers soon be barred if they have relatives (past or present) who are criminals?This barring is VERY VERY dangerous

  5. colinsparkbridg

    SchoolsImprove This barring is INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS, much more dangerous than the danger it’s trying to prevent. Why no outcry?

  6. concernedteacher

    My husband accepted a caution for assault over 30years ago when he was young and daft (and he is thoroughly ashamed of what happened) This was 10 years before I even knew him. He’s had a clean record ever since. Now I’m to be barred from teaching because of this? Utterly ridiculous.

  7. AlbAcademySEN

    SchoolsImprove I live with a crime scene investigator who works with criminals every day. Where will it stop??

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