Purpose of the initial evaluation

Purpose of the initial evaluation

  • Consider the three possible strands set out in Section 1.9 above
  • Review any previous concerns or allegations about conduct of the accused person
  • Decide whether there must be a s.47 (Children Act 1989) enquiry and/or police investigation and consider the implications
  • Consider whether any parallel disciplinary process should take place
  • Consider whether a complex abuse investigation is applicable
  • Scope and plan enquiries
  • Allocate tasks and set time-scales
  • Decide what information can be shared, with whom and when
  • Ensure that arrangements are made to protect the child/ren involved and any other child/ren affected, including taking emergency action where needed
  • Consider what support must be provided to all children who may have been affected directly and indirectly
  • Consider what support must be provided to the person against whom the complaint or allegation has been made and others who might have been affected
  • Ensure that investigations are sufficiently independent
  • Make arrangements to inform the child's parents, and consider how to provide them with support and information during enquiries
  • Make recommendations where appropriate regarding suspension, or alternatives to suspension, of the subject of the complaint or allegation
  • Identify a lead contact manager within each agency
  • Agree protocols for reviewing investigations and monitoring progress by the LADO, noting the target timescales
  • Agree dates for future strategy or evaluation discussions or meetings
  • Consider obtaining consent from the individuals concerned by the police and Children’s Social Care to share the statements and evidence they obtain with the employer and/or regulatory body for disciplinary purposes