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More needs to be done to address the issue of malicious allegations being made by pupils against teachers, representatives at the Annual Conference of NASUWT Cymru-The Teachers’ Union, have argued.
 
Representatives at the conference in Cardiff have called on the Welsh Government to review its procedures for dealing with allegations against teachers in the light of concerns about the incidence of malicious claims being made by pupils.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“The NASUWT is clear that every allegation made against a teacher must be investigated and action taken where there is evidence to suggest there is a case to answer. However, the failure to distinguish false and malicious allegations at an early stage in the processes continues to be an enduring problem.
 
“The hurt and anxiety suffered by teachers who are the victims of malicious allegations is compounded by the fact that even if they are exonerated, their career may be permanently blighted by the fact that the allegation remains on record.
 
“The NASUWT is calling for improvements to be made to the way allegations are dealt with which would maintain the robust child protection procedures which are already in place, but  would also help address and tackle the serious problem of false and malicious allegations to better support pupils in understanding that making such allegations is unacceptable.” 
 
Neil Butler, NASUWT National Executive Member, who proposed the motion, said:
 
“It must be made clear that a speedy, decisive, robust initial investigation must take place to test whether the incident could have happened.
 
“And if and when allegations are shown to be unfounded there must be a response from the school.”

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