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1 Managing Allegations Colette Morris Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) - Oldham Roisin Rafferty Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) – Salford

2 Safe Recruitment Induction Training and Supervision Safe practice Review Managing Allegations Safeguarding

3 What is an allegation When a person who works with children has  behaved in a way that has harmed 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 s/he is unsuitable to work with children “ It is important to ensure that even apparently less serious allegations are seen to be followed up, and they are examined objectively by someone independent of the organisation concerned” Working Together 2006 appendix5 ( para1.3 )

4 Why do allegations arise Poor safeguarding culture within an organisation Poor safeguarding culture within an organisation Accident Accident Naivety, poor practice or unawareness of the problem Naivety, poor practice or unawareness of the problem Unintentional or misinformed action Unintentional or misinformed action Failure to follow procedures or behaviour guidelines Failure to follow procedures or behaviour guidelines False allegation/misinterpretation of behaviour False allegation/misinterpretation of behaviour Malicious intent Malicious intent Use of physical restraint – authorised or unauthorised Use of physical restraint – authorised or unauthorised Deliberate intention to abuse Deliberate intention to abuse

5 Allegation/concern Allegation/concern reported immediately to Senior Manager named in the employer’s procedures Senior Manager considers alleged behaviour/concern to ascertain if adult has: And within 1 working day of decision Consult LADO – Roisin Rafferty to consider next steps (0161 603 4500) Strategy discussion/meeting with LADO and held within 5 working days and decision made regarding the course of action Behaved in a way that has harmed the child or may harm a child Possibly committed a criminal offence against, or related to, a child; or Behaved towards a child/children in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children If NFA – written record should be sent to LADO

6 New Roles Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Manage and oversee individual cases Manage and oversee individual cases Provide advice and guidance Provide advice and guidance Liaise with police and other agencies Liaise with police and other agencies Monitor progress of cases Monitor progress of cases

7 SM LADO

8 Local Safeguarding Children Board (Para 3.26 P79 WT06) Local Authority Named Senior Officer (Para 6.23 P152 WT06) Police Force Senior Officer (Para 6.24 P152 WT06) LSCB Member Named Senior Officer in each: District Council, YOT, Probation, SHA, PCT, NHS Trust, Connexions, CAFCASS, STC, Children’s Prison (Para 11 P241 WT06) Other Members Senior Officer (Para 11 P241 WT06) Senior Manager Identified in Employers Procedures (Para 12 P242 WT06) LSCB Structure for Supporting the Management of Allegations Local Authority Designated Officer (s) (Para 6.23 P152 WT06) Police (Para 6.24 P152 WT06)

9 Key considerations Being clear about: Record keeping Record keeping Information sharing/confidentiality Information sharing/confidentiality Timescales Timescales Supporting those involved Supporting those involved Monitoring progress Monitoring progress Action to be taken – during investigation and on conclusion Action to be taken – during investigation and on conclusion Learning lessons Learning lessons

10 Contact Details Colette Morris (Oldham LADO) E-mail: Colette.morris@oldham.gov.ukColette.morris@oldham.gov.uk Tel No: 0161 770 8870 Roisin Rafferty (Salford LADO) E-mail: Roisin.rafferty@salford.gov.ukRoisin.rafferty@salford.gov.uk Tel No: 0161 603 4350


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