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Information sharing costs dinner lady her job

25 September 2009

It has been reported this week that a dinner lady was dismissed because she told the parents of a 7-year-old girl that she had seen their daughter being bullied. The school are reported to have told the parents that an “incident” had occurred, whereas the dinner lady informed them that she witnessed boys tying up their daughter and whipping her. The school has said it was a breach of confidentiality and dismissed the dinner lady.

Was it a breach of confidentiality, or is this an example of the confusion and fear some schools feel when faced with information sharing?

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