The mother was told she was being unreasonable after expressing safety concerns about school jerseys…

A British mother has taken to Mumsnet to ask if she is being unreasonable to have concerns over the safety of her child’s school jersey. The mum said that her son is only primary school age and that having his name printed on the back of his jersey would put him at risk.

A Safeguarding Issue

The mum said she was contemplating contacting the school about the issue. “Just found out Year 6 leavers hoodies will have the full names on their hoodies in the year number with their own name above the number and the school emblem and name on the front,” she wrote. “Am I being unreasonable to think this is a safeguarding issue and should not be permitted? Am I also being unreasonable to want to take this up with the PTA who are organising this?” The mum went on to say that part of the issue was that the hoodie would be worn all week on the Year 6 school trip where her son would be out in public.

Major Overreaction

Responses to the post labelled the mum’s concern as a major overreaction. “This isn’t a safeguarding issue,” one commenter wrote. “It’s possibly a privacy issue, as anyone who cares to look will know the child’s first and last name, but it categorically isn’t safeguarding.” Another pointed out that the mum was not obliged to buy her child a jersey if she was uncomfortable with the design. “It’s a nice thing for them all to have,” she said. “Are you paying for it? Don’t get your kid one if its got you up in arms.”

With primary school graduations becoming more and more extravagant, we think that parents will only be faced with more and more decisions about what they are comfortable with.

Would you have concerns about your child wearing a school jersey in public? Tell us in the comments!


  • I wonder if the Mother & Father have separated and don’t want to know the Father to know which school their son goes to. I would be more concerned if it had only her son’s name on it.

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  • I don’t see the issue here

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  • My eldest two wore them with pride. I didn’t stress about it.


    • I don’t understand why this mum is so furious, she doesn’t have to buy the shirt if she doesn’t want to.

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  • I think this has been the way its been for some time and haven’t thought much of it. It’s a huge accomplishment for them so i can see why kids find joy in seeing their full name its unique

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  • Ours have a list of all the kids’ full names – I had some privacy concerns, but decided not to stress as there’s no indication of which is my kid.

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  • Yes if it had their full name on it clearly visible for other people to see then yes I would be concerned. If it’s just a list with everyone’s names on it then it’s a little bit harder to read.

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  • When my daughter finished primary school, they all had a school leavers’ shirt with the list of all the Year 6 kids’ in the back. I never had a problem with that. But if on the jersey appears only the name of the student… yes.. I wouldn’t like it!

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  • Interesting question…still thinking about it

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