Reference ?Teacher suspected of abuse given anonymity
With reference to your article on Fri 28th Sep 2012 by Graeme Paton and Martin Evans
Graham Stuart chair of the Commons Education Select Committee, along with the committee have been able to amend the 2011 Education Act, commencing 1st October 2012 to bring a degree of anonymity of sexual offences to teachers, and anyone who names a teacher ?subject of a criminal allegation made by or on behalf of a child, could face prosecution or a £5k fine.
That is all well and good, and about time, but what has happened to the protection of the rest of society all walks of life and who have also had allegations of a sexual nature ?why are they not also to be allowed anonymity until trial, thus protecting, until trial the children, partners and wider family of the accused.
It is good that the education committee have a partial success in bringing this law ?the item that highlighted this new law, in Fridays Telegraphs news, is that of the adult teacher and a student at the school, who went missing. Fortunately both have been found and apprehended.
Why are the two issues in conflict? ?common sense says, and should be reflected in legislation, that if a teacher (or any adult) goes away with a pupil/child/vulnerable adult whether in there care or not, should then forfeit anonymity in order to have media coverage in order that the child’s welfare is checked.
FASO have been here for the past 11 years and are here to support those who are factually falsely accused and last year had over 3000 calls to our helpline a great number of which dealt with false allegations of abuse/sex allegations. We helped callers and their families through their distress and vilification which families suffer whilst the accused awaits court proceedings.
Margaret Gardener firstname.lastname@example.org