I agree that that is really bad behaviour. I had a similair dilemma when I overheard a TA discussing a child at the local swimming pool. I was in the adjacent cubicle. It was obvious which school it was from the uniform and there was every chance that someone listening could have identified the child. I too have a child with SN btw. I didn't report her but I did think about it
I hate Hate HATE the casual erosion of our dignity with this kind of crass behaviour. Yes it DOES matter and yes I DO mind.
How fucking DARE they be so dreadful.
And for the person upthread who thinks it's indicative of a prissy over-reporting climate in the uk. It's very simple, treat me and mine with some respect and no one will make you feel uncomfortable for calling you out on your fuckwittage.
I agree that it is a breach of confidentiality and I really don't think it would be any better if the other people found the table were teachers or not.
As for not being able to tell if it was a family event or a group of professionals. . If I went out with my parents, siblings and children it would be OBVIOUS not only that half of us aren't teachers but also that we were a family group.
It is obvious from the op that vjg13 knew that the woman(?) was a teacher at a local school, googling to find out her current school in order to report it to the school is not weird.
Discussing a child's SEND in a public place is a serious breach of CONFIDENTIALITY and can be a sackable offence regardless of whether or not the child is identified during that discussion, it could also be regarded as a serious breach of security which can also be a sackable offence regardless of whether or not the child was identified.
A child's right to CONFIDENTIALITY at school does not end at the school gates when staff leave for the day.
It is wholly inappropriate and a breech of confidentiality. A TA (not dd's TA) at dd's school was subject to disciplinary procedures after identifying my daughter and her needs during an evening class at our local tertiary college. Unfortunately for her my dd's friend was also attending that class and told me after raising it with the TA and the tutor as it put her in a very difficult position. Both dd's school and the college took it very seriously after all that breech of confidentiality could have led to a safeguarding issue as the TA would not have known of any circumstances (had they existed) as to why dd's whereabouts should not be identified. The TA had a very uncomfortable period as she was disciplined by the school and had to attend meetings with college safeguarding team as well. The college now have measures in place to ensure that all students know of confidentiality requirements and the disciplinary procedure should they be breeched. Each TA that works with dd (there is an agreed team) knows full well that dd or her needs are not to be discussed inside or outside of school even anonymously with anyone other than the teachers and TAs directly supporting her as confidentiality (along with communication) requirements is made explicitly clear at recruitment.
I recognised the teacher from when she taught another child of mine at the local school. I googled her hoping she did work at a school further away, rather than the one (where I knew she had worked) a short walk from the restaurant.
Had she not been behaving as she was, I would have had no interest in knowing if she still worked locally.
Data Protection isn't just about whether you say someone's name. You can still be in breach if you provide enough info for them to be identified and specifics of someone's condition/behaviour/support package can be very identifying.
Yes, I would. Confidentiality and professionalism are undermined. I'd have found it difficult not to have interrupted her conversation with a short, sharp telling off. That may well have made her think twice about behaving so.