Director of Education had 'to be told what to do' over child safeguarding issue
2:10pm Tuesday 12th June 2012 in News
Pembrokeshire County Council's Director of Education failed to act on a serious child safeguarding issue until he was told what to do by Welsh Government troubleshooters, it has been revealed.
The written statement 'further actions to improve child safeguarding arrangements in Pembrokeshire' reveals that Director of Education Graham Longster failed to intervene over a child's allegation that his hands were tied behind his back by a teacher at a Milford Haven School.
The written statement by Welsh Government Minister Leighton Andrews (Education) and Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services Gwenda Thomas says: "Even after the media had printed a story of a teacher tying a primary school child's hands behind his back, the Director of Education failed to intervene when the school took inappropriate action and the Pembrokeshire Ministerial Board had to tell him what he should do."
The Western Telegraph reported at the time that the teacher involved was not suspended until several days after the allegation was made.