Managing Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers

All organisations that provide services for children, or provide staff or volunteers to work with or care for children, should have in place clear policies for dealing with allegations against people who work with children, consistent with Working Together 2015 and Berkshire Local Safeguarding Children Boards Child Protection Procedures.

An allegation may relate to a person who works with children who has:
• 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.

Local authorities are also required under Working Together 2015 to have designated a particular officer, or team of officers (either as part of multi-agency arrangements or otherwise), to be involved in the management and oversight of allegations against people that work with children. This officer is referred to as the Local Authority Designated Officer or LADO. Information on how to contact the Reading LADO, and the process with regards to allegations, can be found on the right.

Further information about the allegations management process and the roles and responsibilies of agencies can be accessed on the Berksire shared procedures website by clicking on this link: http://proceduresonline.com/berks/reading/p_alleg_against_staff.html

Safer Recruitment and Safer Working Practices

For further information regarding Safer Recruitment and Safer Working Practices please read this page - Safer Recruitment and Safer Working Practices.  Guidance on Safer Working Practices which was updated and published by the DfE in 2015 can also be found to on the right.  This guidance although specifically focuses on adults in educational settings is relevant to and can be utilised by all organisations working with children and young people.

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