The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has found a teacher guilty after he was reported to the Police for hitting his own children on the hand and legs. No injuries were suffered by the children and the Police decided not to prosecute. The Police did notify the school of their investigation. A Police vetting report identified the investigated assaults when the teacher renewed his teaching registration.

The teacher accepted that the assaults amounted to serious misconduct. The Tribunal took into account that the teacher had undergone counselling and further training and had changed his parenting as a result. He was also a long term and respected teacher of over 20 years at his school and had the support of the school in continuing to teach.

The Tribunal decided to order the teacher to continue to be under a mentor at his school and to inform any prospective employer of the decision for 12 months. It decided that cancellation of his registration was not required and nor was a censure.