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TEACHER CHALLENGES BLACKLIST IN HIGH COURT

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A former primary school teacher whose name is on an official blacklist of people considered unsuitable to work with...
A former primary school teacher whose name is on an official blacklist of people considered unsuitable to work with children has challenged the list's legality in the high court, reports The Guardian (p8).

The teacher's QC, Richard Drabble, told the court that SW, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had become tainted by unproven allegations of sexual abuse.

Despite an inquiry finding that the allegations could not be substantiated, his name was placed on the health consultancy service index of people deemed unsuitable to work with children.

Mr Drabble said that the index, operated by the health secretary, was 'unlawful and unsustainable' because people suspected of abuse had no right of appeal and there were no proper procedural safeguards to protect them, contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights.

The court head that SW was suspended in July 1992, and again in 1997. He was dismissed after Worcester CC entered his name on the index on the basis of the first allegations.
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