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Alleged perpetrator

The main focus of the safeguarding meetings must at all times be to safeguard the victim. Occasionally there may be circumstances where the person implicated in the allegation as a potential perpetrator of abuse is invited to attend the safeguarding meeting.  This will be at the Chair's discretion.

It is not usual practice under this policy and procedure to permit such attendees to be represented by another person. The Chair of the meeting may decide to allow someone to accompany an individual in such meetings as support for the individual. They may not speak on behalf of the individual or in their own right.   Anyone requesting to have someone accompany them to a safeguarding meeting should make their request in writing to the Chair who will confirm or otherwise their attendance in writing.

Alleged victims and perpetrators would not usually be included in the same meeting unless the purpose was focused on assisting the victim to be safe and stay safe from abuse.

Hearing the 'Alleged Perpetrator'

In the interests of natural justice it is important that the safeguarding process is able to demonstrate that it has taken account of the alleged perpetrators' account of the incident. This can be achieved by the sharing of:

  • Evidence from police investigation or enquiries.
  • Information gathered as part of a disciplinary investigation by employers.

In the absence of such information/evidence then the safeguarding process must conduct it's own enquiry. The alleged perpetrator should also have access to properly trained interpreters where required.

The enquiry officer must provide a report which:

  • Presents details of evidence gathered in respect of allegations made.
  • Provides known relevant facts about the alleged perpetrator(s)
  • Records any actions taken in relation to the alleged perpetrator e.g. have they been suspended from duty.
  • Confirms location of abuse and reports on impact of the environment.
  • Confirms details of the time of the alleged occurrence - describe if this was relevant.
  • Establishes the alleged perpetrators account of the incident being investigated.
  • Be in a format that the alleged perpetrator can understand.

The alleged perpetrator can be provided with a copy of the report in respect of evidence they have provided.

Where there is no agreement to confidentiality, any individual cannot be permitted to remain at the meeting and should be asked to leave. If necessary the meeting should be abandoned and re-convened without their presence at the earliest opportunity.

Adult Safeguarding is not a 'legal' process therefore people permitted to attend meetings should not be legally trained i.e. solicitors or Trade Union representatives.

Minutes will only be sent to the person originally invited to the meeting.

Chairs should always be mindful that those attending meetings may have differing views

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