The NSPCC has apologised after a spokesman suggested that home schooling may be a cover for child abuse cases such as that of Victoria Climbié.
The slur was made in February, when the children’s charity commented on news that the Government was reviewing the law on home education. Vijay Patel, a policy adviser at the NSPCC, told the Independent: ‘Some people use home education to hide. Look at the Victoria Climbié case. No one asked where she was at school’.
Home schooling group Education Otherwise (EO) was concerned by the accusation and met with NSPCC bosses. A letter of apology was then sent to EO.