TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS NURSERY Allegation against a member of staff
Should any staff member have a concern about the behaviour of a member of staff, this
should be voiced immediately.
You should inform your manager or designated person (Patricia T) of any incidents where
you feel the code of conduct has been breached.
In the absence of your manager or the designated person, Brittany,(Romford) or Kim
(Ongar) in the instance that the concern is against your manager/designated person you
are advised to contact the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) on 01708 431 653.
Ofsted must be informed as soon as possible but within at least 14 days on 01708 123 1231
YOU MUST NOT speak to the member of staff or adult concerned OR take any action
about the allegation until you have spoken with the LADO, as this could jeopardise any
possible subsequent investigation.
Handling allegations, particularly serious ones, is a complex and delicate process. All
allegations need to be taken seriously. Good record keeping is essential to the success of
child protection practises.
- Allegation is made: All allegations against staff or any observations of inappropriate
behaviour by a member of staff should be brought to the attention of a senior
member of management in the strictest confidence.
- Report allegation: The senior member of staff will notify LADO immediately. The
manager must also report this allegation to Ofsted.
- Initiate allegation procedures: The LADO will decide whether the incident fits the
criteria of an “Allegations against a member of staff” in other words: Did the alleged
incident potentially cause harm to the child? Does the alleged incident constitute a
criminal offence? Does the alleged incident suggest that this person is potentially
unsuitable to work with children? Allegations procedures are clearly outlined in
Safeguarding Children & Safer Recruitment in Education and should be held to the
recommended timescales to avoid unnecessary distress to all involved.
- Workplace arrangements: The LADO will advise whether the member of staff
should remain in the workplace or whether they should go on “gardening leave” or
be suspended until the investigation is resolved. If the member of staff remains in
the workplace, safeguards will be put into place to protect the member of staff and
the child/children involved. The member of staff will be advised to contact their
union representative (if applicable) and the senior member of staff will keep both
the member of staff and the family up to date with regard to timescales of meetings
and the procedures being put in place.
- Strategy meeting: The LADO will schedule a strategy meeting with the
representative from the setting and from the police. A new police check will be
conducted prior to the strategy meeting to determine whether any previous
incidents involving that member of staff are known and have not been declared.
- Decisions and next steps: Professionals at the strategy meeting will decide what
next steps to take- these may include criminal proceedings, child protection
procedures, disciplinary procedures, training needs, or no further taken.
Reviewed by Brittany V – Manager – 27/11/2020