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Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter provides information about dealing with allegations against staff and volunteers who have contact with children and young people in their work or activities. They are addressed to employers and organisations responsible for providing services to children, young people and adults who are parents or carers.


Contents

  1. Introduction and Criteria
  2. Multi Agency Managing Allegations Framework

    Amendments to this Chapter


1. Introduction and Criteria

The vast majority of adults who work with children and young people act professionally and aim to provide a safe and supportive environment which secures the well-being and very best outcomes for children and young people in their care. However, it is recognised that in this area of work tensions and misunderstandings can occur. It is here that the behaviour of adults can give rise to allegations of abuse being made against them. Allegations may be malicious or misplaced. They may arise from differing perceptions of the same event, but when they occur, they are inevitably distressing and difficult for all concerned. Equally, it must be recognised that some allegations will be genuine and there are adults who will deliberately seek out, create or exploit opportunities to abuse children. It is therefore essential that all possible steps are taken to safeguard children and young people and ensure that the adults working with them are safe to do so.

All allegations of abuse of children by those who work with children must be taken seriously. Allegations against any person who works with children, whether in a paid or unpaid capacity, cover a wide range of circumstances.

Children and young people can be subjected to abuse by those who work with them in any and every setting. All allegations of abuse or maltreatment of children or young people by a professional, staff member, foster carer or volunteer must therefore be taken seriously and treated in accordance with consistent procedures. The SPB has responsibility for ensuring that there are effective interagency procedures in place for dealing with allegations against people who work with children, and for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of those procedures.


2. Multi Agency Managing Allegations Framework

Click here to view the The SPB Managing Allegations Framework.

Amendments to this Chapter

In April 2018, this chapter was extensively updated and should be read throughout.

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