As a former Teacher/ Behaviour Manager with over 20 years experience in UK schools and Pupil Referral Units. One of the current campaigns I’m involved in, aims to address the issue of bullying and violence being covered up in schools. The campaign began after a Whistleblowing case I was involved in from 2014, evidenced that millions of children were at risk of harm and even death in schools across the country. The fallout from this case resulted in over 100 families from across the UK coming forward, providing evidence that similar failures to address bullying and violence complaints in schools, including sexual assaults, was directly to blame for them having lost children to suicide or having had children seriously harmed in schools.
As part of the campaign, since 2015, there has been correspondence to and from over 1000 Individuals and departments on numerous occasions, including the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Leader of the Opposition Kier Starmer, former Leaders Education and Shadow Education Secretaries and Ministers, the Children’s Commissioner for England, various children’s charities including UNICEF, the NSPCC and Barnardo’s, as well as over 650 MP’s.
As part of the campaign, I have also written to leaders across the world, to raise awareness of how vulnerable children are potentially being failed by flawed systems, not just in the UK but internationally across the globe.
As a result a meeting was eventually agreed upon with a number of the bereaved and affected families attending from across the UK and scheduled to take place in Parliament on February 24th 2020. Although initially there was a great deal of interest, sadly only 2 of 650 MP’s invited attended, with numerous last minute cancellations and the group told by the sponsoring MP that others had been advised not to attend. The event was being covered by Sky News and ITV and other Mainstream media. The case is currently being investigated by the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson our hope is that having failed to attend in Parliament he will agree to our request to meet with the families, so that lessons can be learnt and legislation changed, to ensure that unnecessary deaths can be avoided in the future. – Jason Barnett