Staff want right to sue malicious pupils

April 15, 2004

PUPILS will be deterred from complaining about abuse if teachers win the right to sue families who make false allegations against them, children’s groups warned last night.Both the NSPCC and Children in Wales criticised a controversial move by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) to punish youngsters who peddle false, malicious allegations against school staff.But at the union’s conference in Llandudno yesterday teachers agreed that untrue, vindictive accusations ruined careers and lives, yet children were never disciplined for making them.They demanded the right to sue children or families that make malicious allegations.Only 69 out of 1,782 claims of abuse made by children against NASUWT members over the past 10 years have actually led to convictions, according to union figures….

IC North Wales

 

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