Allegations Against Staff in Education

If any member of staff, including volunteers, is alleged to have;

  • 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 he or she would pose a risk of harm if they work regularly or closely with children

The Designated Officer/Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Jane McCann should be contacted immediately (and certainly within one working day) by the case manager – head or chair of governors, on 01924 302155/ lado.referrals@wakefield.gcsx.gov.uk

IF IT IS URGENT PLEASE LEAVE A NUMBER YOU CAN BE REACHED ON i.e. A DIRECT MOBILE NUMBER, NOT SCHOOL RECEPTION IF THIS IS NOT MANNED AFTER SCHOOL HOURS.

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The purpose of this is to consider the nature, content and context of the allegation and agree a course of action. The LADO can coordinate Police and Social services if necessary.

NB Employers take decisions on suspensions, which should only be a last resort.

Allegations against a teacher who is no longer teaching should be referred to the police.

For more detailed information on;

  • duties as employers and employees
  • initial considerations
  • supporting those involved
  • managing the situation
  • specific actions

Please see the procedures below:

  • Part 4 – Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016
  • West Yorkshire Consortium Procedures

Allegations Against Staff Training – for Headteachers

(who are named as the case manager in statutory guidance). Please see multi agency training program

CONTACT US

Designated Officer/LADO

Jane McCann

lado.referrals@wakefield.gcsx.gov.uk

01924 302 155

07771973246

Room 60

County Hall

Bond Street

Wakefield

WF1 2QW

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