Not all abuse of children occurs in the home, some children are abused in the community by professionals. Being the subject of an allegation or managing an allegation against a member of staff is a particularly stressful aspect of safeguarding work.
Working Together 2015 makes it clear that all allegations against professionals, be they employed or volunteer members of staff, must be reported to the Local Authority designated officer within 24 hours. The process for investigating the allegation and consequences for the staff member and your organisation can be difficult to follow.
Our training draws on section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and the guidance set out in Safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education 2010 and Keeping children safe in education; statutory guidance for schools and colleges 2015
Staff completing our training course will ;
- have an understanding of what is meant by appropriate professional practice
- be clear about the difference between an allegation, a complaint and whistle blowing
- understand what might prevent staff whistle blowing/ families making a complaint
- know how to respond to allegations and the procedures to follow
- appreciate the aftermath of allegations and have ideas about how to address this.