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Schools have CCTV in changing rooms

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 12, 2012

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More than 200 schools are using CCTV cameras in toilets or changing rooms, figures have revealed.

The list of establishments, in a report of figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, includes about 13 schools in the Westcountry and others in the greater South West. At least 56 cameras were located in those schools listed in the Westcountry in the report.

In total, 825 cameras were located in the toilets or changing rooms of 207 schools across England, Scotland and Wales, figures provided by more than 2,000 schools showed.

Almost one in 10 of the schools which use CCTV said cameras were positioned in such places, while 54 have more than one camera for every 15 students.

Nick Pickles, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “This research raises serious questions about the privacy of schoolchildren across Britain, with some schools having one camera for every five pupils and hundreds of schools using cameras in toilets and changing rooms. The full extent of school surveillance is far higher than we had expected and will come as a shock to many parents.

“Schools need to come clean about why they are using these cameras and what is happening to the footage.

“Local authorities also need to be doing far more to rein in excessive surveillance in their areas and ensuring resources are not being diverted from more effective alternatives.”

Big Brother Watch, which published the figures following a Freedom of Information Act request to more than 2,000 schools, also warned that the Home Office’s proposals for a new regulatory structure was “not fit for purpose”.

The new post of Surveillance Camera Commissioner “will have absolutely no powers to do anything”, Mr Pickles added.

“Parents will be right to say that such a woefully weak system is not good enough.”

Responses from 2,107 secondary schools and academies showed they used 47,806 cameras, including 26,887 inside school buildings.

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  • thetalkmon  |  September 12 2012, 11:37PM

    MrMeMeMe - Yea so your saying the less cameras they have the more chance of assaults. So basically they need as many cameras as possible covering every inch of the school. So your "areas of assault" cease to exist.

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  • MrMeMeMe  |  September 12 2012, 7:06PM

    The perverts find out where the cameras are , and , by extension of course , where they are not ... and that is where the assaults take place . It's what they do .

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  • hastleonards  |  September 12 2012, 6:16PM

    Seriously! Get a grip. There are no cameras in the toilet cubicles. Besides without cameras how do you catch the ACTUAL perverts who go in and prey on your children in the toilets.

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  • Mustafachat  |  September 12 2012, 4:53PM

    perverts paradise, obscene

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  • happygutz  |  September 12 2012, 12:55PM

    very wrong !!

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  • exebomb  |  September 12 2012, 12:25PM

    This is wrong....that is all.

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