A few weeks ago I received a written warning for a breach of health and safety protocol. I found the whole process extremely stressful, and this led to a further incident for which I have been suspended, but also on sick leave for work related stress. The NEU has come up with a settlement agreement with an "agreed" reference that includes the written warning and also the outstanding "allegation" of unspecified nature and severity. The union rep has warned me that this will seriously harm my future employability, but still thinks I should sign as the alternative of proceeding with a further disciplinary process at the school would be worse. My question is - does anybody ever get work again after this has happened to them? If there are schools out there with vacancies they can't fill, do they really rather leave the vacancy unfilled than take someone on who comes with a "safeguarding" issue on their reference? Are there rules saying they shouldn't take me on?