Teacher sex abuse claims are revealed

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Police in Bedfordshire have dealt with 13 reports of teachers being accused of physically or sexually abusing children since 2008.

The information, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information request does not state whether the alleged incidents occurred in school, or whether the alleged victim was a student of the teacher concerned.

A spokesman for Bedford Borough Council, which is responsible for education in the Borough, said: “Bedford Borough Council has provided all Borough Council maintained schools with written advice and guidance on the procedures for dealing with allegations against members of staff. This is a sensitive and complex area and every case is different, and must be judged on its merits. When appropriate, criminal investigations are undertaken by the police, usually after a multi-agency Joint Evaluation Meeting (JEM).”

They added: “The council advice is based on national guidance which also deals with the information to be made available to parents.”

And the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) also commented on the findings.

A spokesman said: ““If child protection concerns are raised in a school they should be reported immediately to the designated teacher for child protection in the school who should discuss the concerns as a matter of urgency with children’s services and the police as necessary.”

Anyone concerned for the safety of a child can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.