Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers

The framework within Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 (page 48) sets out in guidance applies to a wide range of allegations than those in which there is reasonable cause to believe that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. It caters for cases of allegations that might indicate that s/he is unsuitable to work with children in their present position

There are three strands to consider when an allegation has been made:-

  • A police investigation of a possible criminal offence
  • Children’s Specialist Services enquiries and/or assessment about whether a child is in need and/or in need of protection
  • Consideration by an employer of disciplinary action

Has the person:-

  • behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.

How to Manage Concerns

  • Allegations should be reported to the Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer
  • LADO (Lead Authority Designated Officer) in the First Response Team
  • Remember to refer to your own procedures
  • Whistleblowing Policy

Points of Contact:- Please use our Safeguarding Points of Contact

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