Teaching Staff (Checks)

Education and Skills written question – answered on 20th January 2006.

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Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what background checks (a) community schools, (b) voluntary-aided schools, (c) foundation schools, (d) city technology colleges and (e) academies are (i) legally required and (ii) recommended to make when recruiting teaching staff.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills

My statement, and the accompanying report, of 19 January set out clearly the Government's analysis of, and response to, issues concerning child protection and List 99, together with the action we are currently taking.

My Department's guidance on safer recruitment, published in June 2005, aims to assist all schools, further education institutions and local education authorities to review and, where appropriate, modify their practice and procedures to strengthen safeguards for children, by helping to deter and prevent abuse.

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Posted on 24 Jan 2006 2:27 pm (Report this annotation)

Why are you depicting child abusers as dirty old men in raincoats and monsters.....I can asure you there is no stereotype....those that abuse children are doctors, social workers, judges, dentists, police, mechanics, polititions, bakers, candlestickmakers....people abuse children from every walk of life....and we forget that abusers are husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles and sadly wives, mothers, daughters and aunts, who are there when children return home from school......so please remember like rats you are all probably standing within a few feet of an abuser every moment of everyday.....