Adults who hold a position of trust
This term refers to any person who is or has been appointed by a local authority or other official body or unofficial group whose position involves the care and protection of children and young people, either directly or indirectly, or who is a volunteer or has been a volunteer with an organisation whose main purpose involves contact with children and young people.
In circumstances where an allegation relates to a person in a position of trust, senior officers of Social Work Service and Police will be informed. The Detective Superintendent (Detective Chief Inspector Public Protection in their absence) in his capacity as Divisional Crime Manager will arrange a multi-agency strategy meeting to decide on how the incident will be investigated. The first consideration will be the welfare and safety of any children and young people involved.
On this basis the strategy meeting will consider all matters relevant to the case and specifically will:
- decide on lead role, resources and timescales for the investigation;
- ensure effective sharing of information on a confidential basis, between key agencies;
- agree what information can be shared with families;
- make decisions and agree priorities on how to proceed with the investigation;
- ensure appropriate support and counselling services are available for families;
- agree a media strategy;
- ensure full recording of the strategy meeting and policy decisions;
- assess the impact of effects on the local community;
- consider any disclosure issues; and
- ensure that all children and young people who have contact with the alleged abuser are visited.
Investigating agencies should be aware of and check the individual’s status in terms of the new PVG Scheme recording system as described in the previous section.
Residential services should also consider the Scottish Government publication; How agencies should respond (March 2011).