SEFTON SCP Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    15.11 Use of Suspension

    Last updated 21/10/2021

    Working Together states that suspension must be considered in every case where:

    • There is cause to suspect a child is at risk of significant harm.
    • The allegation warrants investigation by the police; or
    • The allegation is so serious that it might be grounds for dismissal.

    Suspension is a neutral act and must not be seen as an automatic response or a default option to an allegation. A decision to suspend without careful thought could impede a police investigation.

    If suspension is deemed appropriate, the reasons and justification must be recorded and the individual notified of the reasons in writing.