A THIRD of teachers worry about reporting female genital mutilation or faith-based child abuse because they lack confidence in their own judgement, a new survey revealed yesterday.
The study, conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, also showed that 29 per cent think they could be perceived as prejudiced or racist if they report such concerns.
Only just under half believe their safeguarding and child protection training has fully equipped them to deal with the issues.
One respondent said they feared they would “miss signs of a critical situation” because “more and more demands” were being put on teachers.
ATL general secretary Mary Bousted said: “Most staff need more information, guidance and training about honour-based and child abuse linked to faith … and access to health, social care and police resources to help them protect children and young people who are vulnerable to abuse.”