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ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ADULTS WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE - INCLUDING

Bedford Borough Council and all LSCB partner agencies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The LSCB procedures are the umbrella procedures for Managing Allegations and Concerns regarding Staff, Carers and Volunteers.

They are consistent with the guidance in Working Together 2013; Safeguarding Children in Education 2004: Safer Recruitment and Selection in Education Settings 2005 and the Bedfordshire LSCB interagency safeguarding procedures in respect of managing allegations.

All local authorities should designate officers to be involved in the management and oversight of individual cases; providing advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations and monitoring cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible consistent with a thorough and fair process. Bedford Borough Council has a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to fulfil these responsibilities.

Scope

The procedures should be followed by all those providing services for children and staff who work with or care for children, be it in the statutory, private or voluntary sectors within the Bedford Borough area, and it applies to paid, unpaid, volunteers, casual, agency or anyone self employed;

Compliance with these procedures will help to ensure that allegations of abuse are dealt with expeditiously, consistent with a thorough and fair process;

These procedures must be applied when there is an allegation or concern that any person who works with children, in connection with his/her employment or voluntary activity, has:

  • 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 that he or she would pose a risk of harm if they work regularly or closely with children.

 

The scope of these procedures is not limited to allegations involving significant harm or risk of significant harm, to a child. The procedures should also be followed for cases that are apparently less serious and must be seen to be followed up in an objective manner.

The LADO is involved from the initial phase of the allegation through to the conclusion of the case. They will provide advice and guidance and help determine that the allegation sits within the scope of the procedures. Within the role the LADO helps co-ordinate information sharing with the right people. They will also monitor and track any investigation with the expectation that it is resolved as quickly as possible.

If you need to report an allegation or concern:

If you need to report an allegation or concern about an adult who works with children you should, in the first instance , ask to speak to the Senior Manager who is designated to deal with allegations.

Central Bedfordshire - Call 0300 300 4833

Bedford Borough - Call 01234 276693 or e-mail LADO@bedford.gcsx.gov.uk

 

For more Information, guidance etc please see documents below.

To see the following information click on the document (s) below:

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Safer Working Practice guidance for adults who work with children and young people

 

Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015

Please find a link to the revised guide http://www.workingtogetheronline.co.uk/

The procedures for managing allegations against adults who work or volunteer with children are to be used in respect of all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:

· 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; or

· behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.

 

Final Practice guidance for LADO

Also please go to: http://bedfordscb.proceduresonline.com/ to view Chapter 30 of the Interagency Child Protection Procedures‘ Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures for Managing Allegations and Concerns regarding Staff, Carers and Volunteers working with Children and Young People’.

 

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The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here