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Reporting safeguarding allegations to the local authority designated officer

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Last updated on 19 August 2016
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Must all allegations against staff be reported to the LA's designated officer? The DfE's statutory guidance states that schools should report all allegations of abuse by staff to the designated officer. This article also cites some local authorities' procedures for reporting allegations.

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  1. 1 Statutory guidance for English and Welsh Schools
  2. 2 Allegations against staff should be reported to the designated officer at the local authority
  3. 3 Should all allegations be referred to the designated officer?
  4. 4 Malicious or unsubstantiated allegations should also be reported
  5. 5 Deciding on a course of action with the designated officer
  6. 6 Keeping records of allegations
  7. 7 Procedure for informing the designated officer: examples from LAs

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