Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers

What is an allegation about a person's suitability?

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 offense 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.

What happens when an allegation is made?

When an allegation is made against anyone working or volunteering with children, the Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers procedure in the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Procedures must be followed. 

If there are concerns about allegations which fit the above criteria, the Manager should immediately complete the Derby and Derbyshire LADO referral form and email securely for the attention of LADO to The concerns should be discussed within one working day with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who can be contacted on 01332 642376

The following resources have been developed to support agencies and their staff:

Managing allegations training for managers

The DSCB training programme includes further details of multi-agency half day training on managing allegations.