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Post time 2014-1-17 03:56:46 |Display all floors
Nearly a thousand teachers and school staff in Britain have been accused of having intimate relationship with pupils over the past five years, new figures show.


According to the statistics, obtained by BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme on Thursday, at least 959 British teachers were suspended, disciplined or dismissed between 2008 and 2013 after being found guilty of having sexual relationship with students.

It was also found that at least 254 of the allegations led to a police charge.

A Freedom of Information request was sent to over 200 local authorities in the UK, but some 137 councils provided answers. Therefore, authorities warn that the overall number could be significantly higher.

Teaching unions, including the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), demanded full force of the law for teachers who abuse their position. They also raised concerns about the impact of false claims.

However, Donald Findlater, from the children’s charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, said that official figures show that only 2 percent of accusations against teachers are malicious.

An earlier report, titled “The Foundations of Abuse,” found that British children are still not safe from sexual abuse in institutional settings such as schools, care homes and churches.

According to the study, published by the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) in October 2013, more has to be done in order to protect youngsters in institutions from sexual abuse by adults.

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Dozens of UK schools investigated for child abuse

Dozens of private schools in Britain are under investigation over child sex abuse allegations, spanning from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Lawyers representing former pupils are demanding up to £400,000 compensation from some 20 of the UK’s fee-paying schools and institutions for the abuse the victims suffered.

The schools include Ashdown House in East Sussex and Caldicott in South Buckinghamshire, which were attended by London Mayor Boris Johnson and British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg respectively.

Jessica Standley, of law firm Slater & Gordon, said the number of victims reporting abuse at institutions has risen since the emergence of the scandal surrounding disgraced former British TV host Jimmy Savile.

    “There has been an increase in victims reporting abuse suffered at a variety of institutions, including fee-paying schools. Sadly, in many of these cases those in positions of authority knew of the abuse and failed to take adequate steps to protect innocent children,” Standley said.

An earlier report, titled “The Foundations of Abuse,” found that British children are still not safe from sexual abuse in institutional settings such as schools, care homes and churches.

According to the study, published by the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) in October 2013, more has to be done in order to protect youngsters in institutions from sexual abuse by adults.

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