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Revealed: Child abusers, kidnappers & perverts who applied for teaching jobs

Revealed: The child abusers, kidnappers and perverts who applied for teaching jobs in Greater Manchester

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Exclusive figures show how an alarming number of applicants with convictions have tried to work in classrooms since 2012

People with convictions for child cruelty, indecent assault and kidnapping have applied for jobs in Greater Manchester’s classrooms.

Checks on people applying to work as teachers, teaching assistants or head teachers in the region turned up six previous convictions for indecent assaults against women.

The criminal record checks also found convictions for indecent exposure, with two in Manchester and one each in Bolton and Trafford.

Someone applying for a job in Oldham even had a previous conviction for kidnapping.

And checks made by schools in Bury and Manchester returned two previous convictions or cautions for ill-treating, neglecting or assaulting a child.

There were two convictions for doing an act of cruelty to a child, one each in Manchester and Tameside.

The figures were revealed through an Freedom of Information Act request to the Disclosure and Barring Service, which provides background checks on adults working in sensitive roles.

Offences such as kidnap or sexual assault should automatically lead to someone being added to the barred list, banning them from working with children.

The figures – which cover 2012/13 and 2013/14 – do not show whether those with previous convictions went on to be employed.

Not all serious convictions lead to people being automatically considered for a ban and those facing the blacklist can make representations about their case.

The checks in Greater Manchester found there were nine convictions for causing grievous bodily harm – four in Tameside, two in Trafford and Oldham and one in Manchester.

In Stockport, someone applying for a job had a previous conviction for soliciting murder.

One in 32 people applying to work in classrooms in Manchester had a previous conviction.

In 2013/14, the Disclosure and Barring Service ran 3,655 checks on people applying to roles as teachers, teaching assistants and head teachers, and found 3.2 per cent of these checks, or 116, had a previous conviction or caution.

Across the whole of Greater Manchester in 2013/14, applicants had 446 previous cautions or convictions.

The most were for shoplifting, drink driving, theft and theft from an employer.

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