Details of teacher inquiry released

Details of the independent inquiry into Scottish Borders Council's handling of a case regarding a teacher who was convicted of assaulting young children in her care have been released.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 3:29 pm
Andrew Webster QC
Andrew Webster QC

As previously announced by the council’s chief executive Netta Meadows, the inquiry into how the local authority handled parents’ concerns about teacher Linda McCall – w ho was found guilty earlier this month of assaulting five children between August 2016 and October 2017 – will be headed up by Andrew Webster QC (pictured).

Mr Webster has significant experience in senior legal roles in Scotland with a background in public and regulatory law.

He is a senior member of the Faculty of Advocates, a part-time Sheriff, and a Chairing Member of both the Pensions Appeal Tribunal for Scotland and the Police Appeals Tribunal.

Mr Webster will shortly begin the process of contacting those who he believes can assist the inquiry, a process which will take place over the coming weeks.

Anyone who is not contacted as part of this process, but believes they may have any relevant contribution, can get in touch with the inquiry through Ledingham Chalmers Solicitors, who are providing an independent support function to the inquiry: [email protected]

Mr Webster will be given full access to all council staff and relevant documentation.

McCall's sentencing hearing has been deferred until July for the production of background reports.