Last updated 12/11/2018
Alternatives to Suspension
While weighing the factors as to whether suspension is necessary, alternatives to suspension should be considered if available and deemed suitable. This may be achieved by:
- The individual undertaking duties which do not involve direct contact with the child concerned or other children e.g. back office work;
- Providing an assistant/colleague to be present when the worker has contact with children.
It may be appropriate to use an alternative to suspension when an allegation is first made. This would allow time for an informed decision regarding suspension to be made and possibly reduce the initial impact of the allegation. This will however depend upon the nature of the allegation.