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William Vahey: At least 60 victims of paedophile teacher

Police believe they have indentified images of at least 60 victims of paedophile teacher William Vahey at the London school he taught at.

All are boys aged between 11 and 16 at the time alleged images were taken.

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Vahey case raises concerns over teacher vettings

The Southbank International School in Portland Place, London. Credit: Reuters

Allegations that convicted paedophile William Vahey was able to abuse schoolchildren will likely raise questions about how teachers are vetted before they can enter the classroom.

Most teachers in Britain are required by law to pass background checks and undergo enhanced vetting by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The Independent School Standard makes clear that independent schools must carry out an enhanced criminal check (DBS) and/or other appropriate checks before or soon after the person is appointed.

In the case of the Southbank International School it is understood that Vahey had successfully passed a check of his criminal record before becoming a teacher there.

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