Managing allegations against adults in a position of trust who work with children
Children can become victims of abuse and exploitation by those who work with them in any setting. They have been found to be vulnerable in all organisational settings including social care, education, health care, the leisure industry and in faith communities.
The SSCB inter-agency procedures for managing Section 4A - Managing Allegations of Abuse Against a Person who works with Children & the Role of the LADO (146 KB) is based on the framework for dealing with allegations made against an adult who works with children, detailed in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and should be followed by all organisations providing services for children and young people.
Compliance with these procedures will help to ensure that allegations are dealt with consistently and in a timely manner; that a thorough, proportionate and fair process is followed and that processes are open to challenge.
Arrangements for managing concerns or allegations of this nature should be robust and effective in keeping children safe. All allegations should be taken seriously, approached with an open mind, and not be driven by preconceived opinions about whether a child has or has not been harmed. Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children is available which will help individuals form judgements on what may constitute behaviour that is unsafe or abusive.
Who to refer concerns to:
To report a concern or allegation to the Staffordshire LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) that an adult working or volunteering with children:
- Has or may have harmed a child
- May have committed a criminal offence related to a child and / or
- Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
Step 1: If your workplace has a Designated Senior Manager who deals with allegations contact them. They must contact the First Response Team within 24 hours of any situation arising at 0800 1313 126
If your workplace does not have a Designated Senior Manager or if the concern is in relation to them please contact the First Response Team directly within 24 hours of any situation arising at 0800 1313 126
Step 2: The First Response Team will ensure that the matter is passed promptly to the Staffordshire LADO Duty Officer and assist in initiating any additional safeguarding activities.
If your concern or allegation is urgent and outside of office hours telephone: 0845 6042 886 (the Emergency Duty Team).
This single referral point will provide a responsive and inclusive service for all children’s workforce sectors, focus the advice and support where it is needed most and enable the team to continue to work effectively with partners.
Role of the Staffordshire LADO
The Staffordshire LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) promotes a safer children’s workforce by providing effective guidance, advice and investigation oversight to cases.
Staffordshire LADO may be able to offer advice and assist with communication in situations which sit outside the statutory criteria, albeit at the discretion of the LADO Duty Officer and where the broader goals of a safer children’s workforce are relevant.
The service will give advice on how concerns or allegations should be investigated, including if a referral needs to be raised with the Police and/or Children’s Social Care. Staffordshire LADO is not directly responsible for investigatory activities but will actively support any investigation, and give advice around a range of parameters including suspension, possible media interest, when to tell the adult, and ensure all interested parties are appropriately linked together.
Staffordshire LADO will retain oversight of individual cases to ensure concerns or allegations are investigated thoroughly in a fair and timely manner, and will advise in relation to any subsequent duties to communicate with regulatory bodies and/or the DBS. For more information please download the Staffordshire LADO Operational Poster and LADO Leaflet
The government has published an updated statutory safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges - Keeping Children Safe in Education. NSPCC has produced a briefing on this updated guidance - NSPCC Briefing
The Department of Education has published an updated version of the statutory guidance on supervision, which came into force on 10th September 2012 along with the new definition of regulated activity. Leaflets explaining the changes to disclosure and barring (314 KB) in England and Wales are available from the Home Office.
Statutory Guidance: Regulated Activity (children) - supervision of activity with children is regulated activity when unsupervise