Richer Education takes seriously all complaints that might arise against members of its staff. Procedures are in place for children, parents and staff to share any concern that they may have about the actions of any member staff or volunteer. All such complaints will be brought immediately to the attention of the Directors or one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads if the Directors are not available and nothing should be said to the colleague involved. These procedures are used in respect of all cases in which it is alleged that a tutor or any other member of staff (including volunteers) during a Richer Education session, workshop and or private tuition that provides education for children under 18 years of age has:
- 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; or
- Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she would pose a risk of harm if they work regularly or closely with children.
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) should be informed of all allegations that come to Richer Education’s attention and appear to meet the criteria. Contact can also be made with the LSCB who will liaise with the LADO. Many cases may well either not meet the criteria set out above, or may do so without warranting consideration of either a police investigation or enquiries by local authority children’s social care services. In these cases, local arrangements will be followed to resolve cases without delay.
Some rare allegations will be so serious they will require immediate intervention by children’s social care services and/or police. In such cases, referral to the LADO will lead to a Strategy Meeting or Discussion being held in accordance with the DfE guidance and London SCB procedures. This process will agree upon the appropriate course of action and the time-scale for investigations.
Richer Education has a legal duty to refer to the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) office anyone who has harmed, or poses a risk of harm, to a child and who has been removed from working (paid or unpaid) in any of its regular activities. The DBS will consider whether to ban the person. Referrals will be made as soon as possible after the resignation or removal of the individual.
The full procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse made against tutors and/or other staff can be found in Part four of the DfE guidance “Keeping children safe in education”.
The Directors are: Mr Rafael Hernandez (020 7769 6732/075 3522 5432)
Ms Sian Chalkley (020 7769 6732/075 3522 5432)