Abuse expert: '2% of teacher allegations are malicious'

The data on how many teachers have been accused of having a relationship with a pupil is based on responses from 137 councils who were asked how many school staff were suspended, dismissed or faced disciplinary action after being accused of some form of sexual relationship with a pupil.

If a child develops the courage to say something, we have to take it seriously.

That does not mean we have to assume it is absolutely true, but we have to take it seriously and investigate it.

– Donald Findlater, a child abuse expert with The Lucy Faithfull Foundation t

He said that he agreed that a false claim can ruin a teacher's career, but added that research conducted for the Government had shown that just 2% of allegations against teachers are malicious. The statistics apply to state schools under local council control.

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1,000 teachers 'accused of a relationship with a pupil'

Nearly 1,000 teachers have been accused of having a relationship with a pupil in the last five years, according to research. Of these, just over one in four faced police charges.