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Penny Booth: I wonder where it all went wrong

Date:12 JAN 2011

Penny BoothI notice that the dinner lady sacked for ‘breaching confidentiality' over a bullying case in a school has won her case at an employment tribunal. I would not recommend breaching confidentiality- extremely important in the employment situation and even more so where children are concerned. This was not however an example of a deliberate attempt to breach confidence but to tell what needed to be told to the right people - the parents of the victim who were originally only told that there had been an ‘accident' with a skipping rope. Whether the dinner lady will get her job back is another matter (she may get more compensation if she doesn't get her job back but more money would not improve this situation and is not what she seems to want and nor was speaking to the press necessarily a good idea by the way) and she will have to wait to see about the final decision on compensation. This was not a...

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