Allegations Against Staff in Education

If any member of staff, including volunteers and supply staff, is alleged to have;

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child;
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she would pose a risk of harm to children or;
  • Behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children.

The Designated Officer/Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)  should be contacted immediately (and certainly within one working day) by the case manager – head or chair of governors, on 01977 727032/lado.referrals@wakefield.gov.uk

IF IT IS URGENT PLEASE LEAVE A NUMBER YOU CAN BE REACHED ON i.e. A DIRECT MOBILE NUMBER, NOT SCHOOL RECEPTION IF THIS IS NOT MANNED AFTER SCHOOL HOURS.

COVID 19 The Wakefield Safeguarding LADO Service is still operating a normal full time service and the guidance for when to refer remains the same. However both the admin and the LADO – Marie Pettman may be working from home. If you should wish to contact the LADO for any reason please follow the direction below:

If you would like to make a new referral please send a referral form by email.   Please include an email address and contact telephone number on which you can be reached for further discussion.

If you would like to speak to LADO admin or to the LADO, please email a short message explaining the nature of your enquiry and request a callback; please be sure to include a contact telephone number. If you are calling about an open case please include the name of the staff member. The LADO will call you back from a mobile number.

 Alternatively, if you have an update for the LADO about an ongoing case, please send this via email and the LADO will respond as needed. 

Important please note: If you believe a child is at risk of immediate harm, please do not wait for a response before contacting the Police or Children’s Social Care.

 

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The purpose of this is to consider the nature, content and context of the allegation and agree a course of action. The LADO can coordinate Police and Social services if necessary.

NB Employers take decisions on suspensions, which should only be a last resort.

Allegations against a teacher who is no longer teaching should be referred to the police.

For more detailed information on;

  • duties as employers and employees
  • initial considerations
  • supporting those involved
  • managing the situation
  • specific actions

Please see the procedures below:

  • Part 4 – Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • West Yorkshire Consortium Procedures

Allegations Against Staff Training – for Headteachers

(who are named as the case manager in statutory guidance). Please see multi agency training program

CONTACT US

Designated Officer/LADO 

Marie Pettman

lado.referrals@wakefield.gov.uk

01977 727032

Five Towns Resource and Technology Centre,

12 Welbeck St,

Castleford,

WF10 1DP.

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