School at centre of sex abuse inquiry employed five paedophiles

School at centre of sex abuse inquiry employed five paedophiles

A Bridlington school is set to be the focus of an on-going national inquiry into child sexual abuse.

Between 2006 and 2010, five former members of staff at Headlands School in the town were convicted of sexual offences against children.

Now it has been announced evidence relating to that period will be considered by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse during the second phase of its investigation into certain schools.

A public hearing in May 2020 will hear evidence regarding allegations of child sexual abuse at the school as well as Clifton College in Bristol and Hillside First School in North Somerset.

Last month, the public hearing into the first phase of the Inquiry’s residential schools investigation examined music and special educationalneeds schools.

The second and final phase will take a broader look at safeguarding procedures within the schools sector in general, including day schools.

This will include an examination of culture, governance and management when allegations of child sexual abuse are made, while also hearing from teaching unions and the Teaching Regulation Agency.

The independent inquiry is examining the extent to which institutions and organisations have failed to protect children in England and Wales from sexual abuse.

It will make recommendations for change with the aim of ensuring institutions will do more to protect children from sexual abuse in the future.

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The hearing featuring Headlands School will take place between May 11 and 22 in London.

Anybody who has first hand knowledge of allegations of child sexual abuse at the school can email the inquiry on solicitors@iicsa.org.uk with Residential Schools investigation in the subject line.

They can also call the inquiry information line on 0800 917 1000.

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