"Nearly 200 teachers, social workers and other council staff were sacked last year after being branded a risk to children."
"More than 3,600 local authority workers were investigated in a year over allegations they had harmed or abused youngsters or were unsuitable to work with them."
"The new figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal 695 of those were then probed by police and 181 staff subsequently sacked, according to council replies."
"Experts said it was the first time the total number of dismissals for such offences had been compiled. Westminster and Brighton and Hove council lead the sackings in 2012/13, dismissing 11 staff each following complaints about them."
"Lewisham Council in south London sacked 10 workers, the Sky News investigation found. But Samantha Robson, a child protection specialist at law firm Slee Blackwell, said cases were still slipping through the net."