28 June 2016
ASCL welcomes this consultation as we understand that the current childcare disqualification arrangements have led to a significant number of staff in school and other non-domestic registered settings being suspended for issues completely unrelated to child safety. This has included long serving staff who pose no risk to children. It seems that this is because the legislation was designed for people caring for children in their own homes not for schools.
In canvassing opinion to make this consultation response we emailed our elected Council of serving school and college leaders; 100% of the 16 members who replied said they were in support of Option 1.