Almost 1,000 teachers have been accused of sexual abuse, research suggests. The figures, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, show that 959 teachers and other school staff allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a pupil between 2008 and 2013. Out of these cases, 254 or 26 percent led to a police charge.
Taking it “seriously”
Child abuse expert Donald Findlater said that if a child reports sex abuse, they (foundation) have to take it seriously.
“That does not mean we have to assume it is absolutely true, but we have to take it seriously and investigate it,” said Findlater.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers and National Union of Teachers say any teacher who abuses their position need to face the full force of the law. But they believe that some of the allegations are malicious.
“There can be misunderstandings and malicious allegations, so it is critical that investigations are carried out quickly with due process, ” said Christine Blower, the general secretary of the NUT.