Conduct Unbecoming: the dilemma of a school's responsibility in respect of teacher misconduct towards pupils

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Show simple item record Varnham, S 2010-05-28T09:56:54Z 2001-01
dc.identifier.citation Education And The Law, 2001, 13 (2), pp. 109 - 125
dc.identifier.issn 0953-9964
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.description.abstract It was recently remarked that if the infamous schoolmaster, Wackford Squeers, in Charles Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby, was around today his pupils would probably accuse him of assault and the police would be paying a visit to his school, Dotheboys Hall. Though a casual comment, a great deal of truth lies therein. In the 'rights culture' of today, the manner in which adults may exercise authority over children is markedly different to that of even 20 years ago. The majority of teachers act in a professional manner and carry out their duties, often under great pressure, with the best interests of their students uppermost in their minds. However, this is not always the case. With reasonable frequency, there are reports of teachers behaving towards their students in ways which range from inappropriate to culpable. In the worst scenario the accusations are of sexual abuse, but there are also those of physical or verbal bullying. There is nowadays an increased recognition of the harmful and lasting effects of different forms of abuse, and the responsibility of those in authority to prevent it happening. In recent years New Zealand school administrators have been faced with dealing appropriately with allegations of a teacher's misconduct in a variety of different ways towards their students. A school board of trustees has a dilemma in that it must discharge dual responsibilities, in respect of its students and its staff. This article examines the legal implications of those responsibilities. It also considers the responsibility of a school in a wider context to other schools and to the community at large.
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dc.publisher Taylor and Francis - Routledge
dc.title Conduct Unbecoming: the dilemma of a school's responsibility in respect of teacher misconduct towards pupils
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Education And The Law
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 13
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 109 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 125 en_US LAW.Faculty of law en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1801 Law
dc.personcode 101376
dc.percentage 100 en_US Law en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords STUDENTS -- Crimes against, TEACHERS en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Law
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Law Research
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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