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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:-

    Tracy Redpath - Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer - 01785 619195
    tredpath@staffordbc.gov.uk

    Jan Silvester - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer - 01785 619477
    jsilvester@staffordbc.gov.uk

    Out of office hours and if Designated Officers are not available:-

    First Response Team (FRT) -  0800 1313 126 (between 8.00 am and 5.30 pm and 4.30 pm on a Friday) or via a brief email firstr@staffordshire.gov.uk

    Outside of 8.00 am and 5.30 pm

    Emergency Duty Service (EDS) - 0845 6042 886

    Alternatively you can contact Staffordshire Police Central Referral Unit on 101 or Dial 999 in an emergency

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