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) should be contacted immediately (and certainly within one working day) by the case manager – head or chair of governors, on 01977 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
- 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
Jim Stewart/ Mo Crossley
Five Towns Resource and Technology Centre,
12 Welbeck St,