In December 2017, the Children, Young People and Education Committee published its report on the Teachers’ Professional Learning and Education inquiry. The report included a recommendation to the Cabinet Secretary for Education for the EWC to be given legislative powers to impose interim suspension orders.
In March 2018, the Cabinet Secretary set out in a plenary debate on the report that, in order to consider the recommendation further, she required the EWC to undertake its own consultation with practitioners and key stakeholders on the need for and use of such a power.
Legislation requires the EWC to investigate and hear cases against registrants involving professional misconduct, incompetence or criminal offences. This consultation sets out why the EWC considers the lack of interim suspension order powers represents a serious safeguarding risk to learners and the public.
The EWC are seeking views on proposals to extend the EWC’s powers to include the ability to impose an interim suspension order where a case is significantly serious and is being investigated. Imposing such a short-term measure would address immediate safeguarding concerns.
Responses can be made online or by completing the form and emailing it to FTPconsultation@ewc.wales