Crime Emergency Procedure
The NASUWT arranges prompt and effective representation provided by specialist criminal solicitors at Thompsons for teachers facing criminal allegations arising from their teaching employment whilst they were in membership of the Union.
If a criminal allegation is made against you which is related to your teaching employment, e.g. physical or sexual assault, or theft, and you have been called for interview by the police you should follow the advice below:
- Say to the police officer: "I am anxious to co-operate in getting this matter cleared up. I have been advised by my Union not to agree to answer questions or make a statement until my solicitor is present".
- You should be given the opportunity to make a telephone call. Ring your NASUWT Regional Centre, with details of the police officer's name, rank, police station and telephone number. Legal representation will then be arranged.
- If the police officer will not allow you to contact the NASUWT, and arrests you, ask for the services of the duty solicitor and contact your NASUWT Regional Centre as soon as possible. Please ensure you obtain the contact details of the duty solicitor to pass onto the NASUWT.
- If the police contact you out of office hours, you should contact the out of hours helpline on 0800 587 7530 - weekdays (Monday to Thursday 5.30pm - 8.30am), weekends (Friday 5.30pm - Monday 8.30am).
NASUWT members wishing to apply for legal assistance where representation by a solicitor is needed because criminal offences are alleged to have been committed will be required to accept the terms and conditions of the Legal Assistance Scheme. These terms and conditions can be downloaded from the Resources box no the right hand side of this page.
The NASUWT Specialist Counselling Service from Worklife Support is made available to members who are facing accusations of child abuse in the workplace and have been asked to attend a police interview, to provide emotional support during this difficult time. You can access this service by contacting your NASUWT Regional Centre.
NASUWT members who are three or more months in arrears with their subscriptions at the time the incident arose are not entitled to casework representation and/or legal assistance and cannot establish entitlement to representation by subsequently paying arrears. Retired, former, career break and associate members who were in membership at the time the issue arose, and in the case of former members, providing they have not joined another Teacher Trade Union, are also entitled to representation.
If you are dissatisfied with the service for any reason, contact the Legal and Casework Team at NASUWT Headquarters, Hillscourt Education Centre, Rose Hill, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8RS. Call 0121 453 6150 between 8.30am and 5.30pm on weekdays or email firstname.lastname@example.org.