Information was received by BACP, from sources including a Complainant, which raised questions about the suitability of Mr Raymond Colledge’s continued membership of this Association. The matters raised were considered under Article 4.6 of the Memorandum & Articles of Association.
The allegations considered by the Article 4.6 Panel were as follows:
- Mr.Colledge allegedly committed sexual acts with a pupil in a school where he was a teacher, whilst allegedly performing a counselling role, resulting in his dismissal from the school, a police investigation, information being held on record relating to the enquiry and recently being the subject of Child Protection Strategy meetings.
- While the allegations and police investigation related to a period before Mr. Colledge submitted an application for membership of BACP, he failed to disclose these matters upon application, contrary to the requirements of his signed application dated 17 June 2000. Furthermore, he had not made disclosure of these matters to BACP during his period of membership.
- A County Council had sufficient concerns for strategy meetings to take place upon learning of Mr. Colledge’s work as a counsellor, and that as part of that work he may be working with children. Further evidence of their concern was that they agreed to share their concerns with BACP for consideration under Article 4.6 of the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
Mr Colledge was invited to respond, and made a response in which he denied the allegations. The Panel requested further information from a number of parties which was supplied. Mr Colledge was also requested to supply further information, which was not received. The Panel carefully considered all the information submitted together with Mr Colledge’s response.
The Panel decided to implement Article 4.6 of the Memorandum and Articles of Association in this case, and withdraw BACP membership from Ray Colledge, to take effect 28 days from notification of this decision. The Panel gave reasons for its decision as follows:
- The extract from the witness statement provided by the Constabulary was very credible and in support of the information supplied by the Complainant and the County Council, and appeared to undermine Mr. Colledge’s statement.
- The Panel was of the opinion that, on the information considered, there was some foundation in the allegations, and that, were these matters to come into the public domain, Mr Colledge’s continued membership of BACP could bring the reputation of BACP and/or the profession into disrepute.
- Mr. Colledge failed to disclose these matters, which are of a grave nature, upon application for membership of BACP, contrary to the requirements of his signed application dated 17 June 2000. Furthermore, he had not made disclosure of these matters to BACP during his period of membership.
- Mr Colledge was given the opportunity to appeal the decision, but no appeal was received. Consequently his membership was withdrawn.
Any future application for membership of this Association will be considered under the Memorandum and Articles of the Association.