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Suspected Child Abuse Within The Provision Procedure

Statement of Intent

If an allegation of child abuse is made against a member of staff, which could be by a parent or colleague, an immediate and thorough investigation will be conducted by the Designated Safeguarding Officer in conjunction with the child’s parents and the CAT Preschools Directors.


  • The staff member, or volunteer, against whom the allegations have been made will be suspended pending further investigation on full pay;
  • The matter will be referred to the Local Authority and every co-operation afforded to any investigation by Police and Social Services;
  • Ofsted will be notified of the allegations and informed of the outcome;
  • The child’s parents will be kept fully informed throughout;
  • Staff will need to work with the child and their family to offer them support and rebuild trust;
  • The staff will be supported throughout by the Designated Safeguarding Officer and CAT Preschools Directors;
  • The provision will need to check its policies and procedures and review as necessary in light of the allegations and the outcome of any investigation.