School Grossly Negligent in Safeguarding Learners

A serious case review found that a school had failed ‘on every level’ to prevent sexual abuse of pupils by a teacher.  Despite concerns being raised about Nigel Leat over the past 14 years, these were not passed on to school governors or education authorities.  Staff reported him 30 times but every incident was dealt with individually.  The school was awarded an outstanding level of care to children by Ofsted over the period.  The chair of the relevant Safeguarding Children Board concluded ‘procedures were not followed and this prevented the correct action from being taken’ and it was ‘a gross failure of responsibility’.  This article highlights the need for institutions to have robust, well established reporting procedures and safeguarding policies in place.  

Posted on 27/01/2012