While on a brief short term supply placement at a SEBN school, I was shamed by a care worker who bravely recorded a daily diary of the physical assaults and racial abuse routinely directed at staff by the children. What concerned me was not that disturbed and disaffected children are likely to behave badly when given the opportunity but the way in which the management routinely allowed such abuse to happen, without challenging it directly and taking steps to ensure that it is not repeated. Indeed, I suspect that one member of staff- who routinely swears in front of students and engages in ribald sexual 'humour' with the staff- shares the skewed racial stereotyping so volubly expressed by some of the children. I should add that I was not physically assaulted or relentlessly baited for being a foreigner while I was there. I did notice the appalling effect that this treatment had on a young care worker who happens to be a trained teacher. I think it is appalling that she should be driven out of that job by the de facto culture of tolerating the abuse. I wonder what the unions and the regulatory body for teachers have to say about this sort of situation? I just hope that I don't have to post on here in January to share my 'I told you so' observations if a member of staff is hospitalised thanks to the aforementioned slapdash attitude of the mangement, who routinely refer to some staff by insulting nicknames without realising that the door to the office is not soundproof!