Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers

The framework within Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023 sets out guidance that applies to a wide range of allegations where 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 Staff or Volunteers are unsuitable to work with children in their present position.

There are three things 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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