13. Allegations against employees or councillors
If there is an allegation that an employee or councillor has not followed this policy and therefore may have put themselves, the council or a child at risk it will be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary procedure or code of conduct procedure for councillors.
If there is an allegation that an employee has abused a child, young person or vulnerable adult in the course of their employment Devon County Council's arrangements for allegations against professionals shall be instituted via the chief executive or in his absence a deputy chief executive. The employee may be suspended immediately from activities involving children while an investigation takes place. There may be three types of investigation carried out:
- criminal investigation
- child protection investigation
- disciplinary investigation (code of conduct procedure for councillors)
Irrespective of the findings of other investigations, if following any disciplinary action, the council has a reasonable belief that an employee did abuse a child, young person or vulnerable adult then this may be regarded as gross misconduct, and it will be necessary to consider reporting this to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).