Hiding behind Name Suppression

A teacher has been hiding behind name suppression while working in schools, worse he has committed offenses again:

A convicted sex offender has been working in schools as a teacher, Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced.

Parata said the schools affected had been notified.

A ministerial inquiry, led by former ombudsman Mel Smith, would be held into how the sex offender was employed. The person had been registered as a teacher since 2000.

“At this stage I cannot discuss the details of this individual case as the matter is now before the courts [in Auckland],” Parata said.

She was “extremely concerned” and was told late last week that the person had been arrested for breaching a condition of their release. The person was in custody.

The Ministry of Education was working with the schools and their communities but it was possible others had been affected, Parata said.

“Parents should be able to send their children to school confident that an individual of this type is not part of that school environment,” she said.

The ministry had asked the courts to vary suppression orders so other schools and parents could be informed.

This is the problem with name suppression, offenders can hide, or change their name and then sneak into positions that exposes more potential victims to their predations.

The ministerial inquiry into the matter would report back by April 30, Parata said.

It would consider the specific means by which the sex offender was able to “exploit opportunities” in the system and how it could be strengthened to prevent it happening again.

The terms of reference included looking at the Teachers Council’s involvement in employee vetting and registration, information sharing with wider government departments and the process taken by schools for vetting prospective employees.

The Teachers Council is part of the problem not part of the solution. They routine suppress details of teachers before them on disciplinary matters. Even Trevor Mallard has locked horns with them over this.

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