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If a teacher is accused by a colleague of a personal assault

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if a teacher is accused by a colleague of a personal assault in the workplace should the school involve the police?
JA: Was the accusation discussed with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?
Customer: HR involved she is suspended
JA: Does the workplace operate with employees, freelancers, consultants, contractors or with unionised employees?
Customer: employees she has been there for several years
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no

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Please explain the situation in some more detail

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
the person inquestion has worked at school for some years and has beeen a teacher for some 30 years she asked a junior colleague to carry out a task the colleague left the room and reported her for assault, neglecting the children and threatening her

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Many thanks for your patience. There is no legal obligation on the school to involve the police, but they can do if they wanted to. However, if the school believes that the seriousness of this offence is enough to warrant a referral to the police, they are within their power to do so and let this matter be taken over by them. They can still treat this as an internal disciplinary issue alongside any police investigation. However, the requirement to report it to the police is not of a legal nature, meaning that they do not have to do it, but if they felt it is appropriate they may do so