FOI Request Allegations of Abuse in Boarding Schools
I request the following information relating to allegations of child sexual abuse by staff members at boarding schools, that were reported to your local authority since the introduction of the Local Authority Designated Officer role in 2007.
If this request will take longer than the approved number of research hours to complete an FOI request, then please amend this request to only provide details relating to allegations that have been reported to you since Jan 1st 2012.
For ease I have included the list of boarding schools (and their addresses) that fall under the jurisdiction of your Local Authority.
For clarity, I can confirm the information you provide will be only used to provide national statistics, and the specific information provided by your local authority will not be examined or broadcast in isolation.
1) How many school staff have been accused of the sexual abuse of a pupil from the boarding schools listed below since the introduction of the Local Authority Designated Officer role in 2007?
This figure will relate only to incidents which were reported to your local authority/ LADO, and ‘since 2007’ refers to when reported to you, rather than when the alleged incident took place
2) This information should be broken down by case and should include:
a) The year the alleged incident was reported to the Local Authority/LADO (calendar year)
b) The year the alleged incident took place (calendar year(s)
c) The job title of the accused staff member, to be limited to ‘teacher’ or ‘non-teacher’
d) What was the judgment made during the allegation management meeting? Options include unfounded, unsubstantiated or substantiated, or add another as needed (NB: specific details of further actions followed are included in questions below)
e) During the investigation into the allegation, or following its conclusion, did the council/LADO or school report the alleged incident to the police (answers should be ‘yes’ or ‘no’).
f) Was the staff member suspended as a result of the incident (answers should be ‘yes’ ‘no’ or 'don't know').
g) Was the staff member disciplined or given a written warning as a result of the incident (answers should be 'no', 'disciplined', 'written warning' or 'don't know').
h) Was the staff member given further training as a result of the incident (answers should be ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or don't know').
i) Was the staff member dismissed as a result of the incident (answers should be ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or 'don't know').
j) Did the Local Authority/LADO or school send a referral to the Disclosure and barring service about this incident (answers should be ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or 'don't know').
For ease I have attached an excel spread sheet which can be used, or used as a guide example of how best to clearly provide the information requested in question 2.
List of Boarding schools within Local Authority:
Gordonstoun School, Duffus, Elgin, Moray, United Kingdom, IV30 5RF
We don’t record by allegations of abuse in terms of locus, therefore this information is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002- Information Not Held.
Updated Response 27-10-2017
Social Work confirm there is no information held as there are no allegations of this nature regarding Gordonstoun boarding school therefore, this is the reason for the Section 17 exemption earlier applied.