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Child Safety: 181 Workers Sacked By Councils

More than 180 teachers, social workers and other council staff were sacked last year after being judged to be a risk to children, a Sky News investigation has found.

More than 180 teachers, social workers and other council staff were sacked last year after being judged to be a risk to children, a Sky News investigation has found.

In 2012/13 some 3,651 local authority workers were investigated over allegations they had either harmed or abused children or were unsuitable to work with them, figures show.

A total of 181 staff were subsequently sacked, according to council replies. Experts said it was the first time the total number of dismissals for such offences had been compiled.

One investigating officer said the number of investigations showed that victims of abuse or poor care are finding it easier to make complaints.

Laura Eden, a Local Authority Designated Officer for one council, which we have agreed not to name, told Sky News: "It's good that people are referring professionals that they are concerned about."

However, Samantha Robson, a child protection lawyer working for firm Slee Blackwell, said cases were still slipping through the net.

"It's very rare people get away with it completely unnoticed," she said. "But unless those complaints are taken seriously or get heard by the right voice, then they're not acted upon. And that's the problem as I see it."

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[Text © 2013 Sky News]