Research Says Nearly Half Abuse Claims Against Teachers 'Unfounded'

by Kathy Jones on  October 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
New research suggests that nearly half of allegations made against teachers are malicious, unsubstantiated or unfounded.

Almost a fifth of teachers who faced accusations in 2009/10 were suspended while claims were investigated, with many waiting weeks for a conclusion.
 Research Says Nearly Half Abuse Claims Against Teachers 'Unfounded'
Research Says Nearly Half Abuse Claims Against Teachers 'Unfounded'

The survey, commissioned by the Department for Education, examined the number and nature of allegations of abuse referred to 116 English councils between April 1 2009 and March 31 2010, reports the Daily Express.

The findings show that of 12,086 allegations referred, 2,827 (23percent) were against schoolteachers.

A further 1,709 allegations of abuse were made against non-teaching staff in schools, the latest survey found.

The majority of allegations were of a physical nature, the survey found (56 percent in relation to school teachers and 49 percent for non-teaching staff).

Almost half (47 percent) of all allegations made against teachers, and two fifths (41 percent) of those made against non-teaching staff members were found to be unsubstantiated, malicious or unfounded.

But 18 percent of schoolteachers and 29percent of non-teaching staff were suspended while accusations were investigated. And one in eight teachers (12percent) and nearly a fifth of those non-teaching members of staff (19percent) faced a criminal investigation.

Just 3 percent of concluded investigations against teachers resulted in a criminal caution or conviction, for non-teaching staff this figure was 5percent, the survey found.

Source: ANI

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