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Allegations against staff

An allegation may be made by anyone and all allegations will be treated seriously and investigated accordingly.

An allegation is described as a concern or complaint and may indicate that a person has:

  • Harmed a child
  • Displayed inappropriate behaviour relating to a child that may constitute a criminal offence
  • Raised concerns about the suitability of working with children#

 

First steps to dealing with an allegation made by a child- staff member:

Ensure the immediate safety of the child/ren

  • Listen and record in writing what the child is saying
  • Use the TED technique- TELL, EXPLAIN, DESCRIBE. Do not asking leading questions, e.g. instead of asking, ‘did he punch you?’ ask ‘what happened?’
  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead must be informed immediately
  • Staff are not to discuss anything spoken about while in the presence of the children or amongst themselves.
  • The staff members involved will then be called upon as and when needed.
  • While an investigation is pending or commencing the staff member may be put on non-contact duties within the nursery depending on the severity of the situation.

 

First steps to dealing with an allegation made by an adult- staff member:

  • Ensuring the immediate safety of all child/ren
  • Record in writing everything that you need to make the allegation
  • Approach a safeguarding officer and discuss with them the next step.
  • Everything is to be kept confidential and staff must not discuss the situation with any other staff member/ parent.
  • The Staff members involved will then be called upon as and when is necessary.
  • While an investigation is pending the staff member may be put on non-contact duties within the nursery depending on the severity of the investigation.
  • LADO will be contacted for further advice.

 

Your onsite Designated Safeguarding Lead: Chevelle White – Manager of Rabbit Patch Day Nursery

Your Designated Safeguarding Officer: Benjamin Joseph – Deputy Manager of Rabbit Patch Day Nursery

 

Signed By DSL:

Print Name: Chevelle White

 

Signed by DSO: 

Print Name: Benjamin Joseph


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