Allegations against staff - information for professionals

A person's behaviour, at work or home or online, may cause concerns about their suitability to work or volunteer with children or young people.

Concerns about a person who works with children, or in connection with their employment or voluntary activity may cover one or more of the following categories. They may 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 in a way that indicates they would pose a risk of harm if they work regularly or closely with children.

Procedures following an allegation

When an allegation is made against anyone working or volunteering with children, you must follow the procedures for the allegations against staff, carers and volunteers.

If there are concerns about allegations which fit the previous criteria, the manager should immediately complete the Derby and Derbyshire LADO referral form in the report forms and templates section of our document library and email securely for the attention of LADO.

If emailing internally within Derbyshire County Council use email:

Or, if you are emailing from GCSx, GSi, PNN, NHS or PSN network connected email addresses, email:

Please contact the advice and consultation line for further advice and support on tel: 01629 535353, Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.

The following resources are under development to support agencies and their staff:

  • information for managers and employers: managing allegation of abuse against adults who work with children
  • information for individual staff or volunteers who are the subject of an allegation.

Managing allegations training for managers

View our training programme, which includes further details of multi-agency half day training on managing allegations.