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UK School Bans Parents From Watching Their Kids Play

by Bidita Debnath on October 7, 2012 at 11:04 PM
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 UK School Bans Parents From Watching Their Kids Play

In Britain, a sports college has banned parents from watching their children play because of 'child protection rules'.

In a letter to parents from Lea Valley High School in Enfield, the director of physical education, Laura Hunt, said that parents were banned from the school grounds during home matches against other schools.

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"However, as a school staff, we have a duty of care to our students and have to ensure that appropriate safeguarding and children protection policies are adopted, implemented and monitored," Hunt said.

"As such, for our students' safekeeping, we must state that we cannot permit parents/carers or other adults on site at these times, and hope that you will understand and support us in this decision," she added.
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According to the Daily Mail, parents have slammed the bizarre ban, saying that a school which specialises in sport should 'back parents to the hilt' in supporting their children.

"A school which specialises in teaching children sport should back parents to the hilt if they want to come and watch their children play football, rugby, hockey or whatever it may be," the paper quoted a parent, as saying.

Another parent, a mother-of-two, said she was 'furious' after reading the letter.

"Having a crowd cheering you on is an important part of sport and this decision is devastating to both children and parents," she said.

Source: ANI
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