A Shared Responsibility

"Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children – and in particular protecting them from significant harm – depends upon effective joint working between agencies and workers/practitioners that have different roles and expertise."

When allegations arise against a person working with children the employer should follow the procedures outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015).

The procedures should be used when an allegation is made that an adult has:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed, 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 s/he is unsuitable to work with children.

This document provides additional practice guidance to employers and Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs) when allegations are made and/or management concerns arise.

Employers and managers should note that these procedures do not replace or take priority over employment law.  Best practice in Safer Recruitment of Staff should be adhered to (see the Trafford Children's Services Procedure Manual). These procedures should also be used in conjunction with Trafford's overarching safeguarding children procedures.

To seek advice or make a referral, please contact the Local Authority Designated Officer:

A referral form will need to be completed:

Information leaflets: