Guidance relating to the management of allegations against professionals and volunteers was first introduced following the Bichard Inquiry into the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham (2002). A range of recommendations were made that were designed to make it harder for unsuitable people to have access to children and young people through their employment or volunteering activities, and to deal efficiently and effectively with any allegations made against them.
Definition of an allegation
Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed a child, or
Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child, or
Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates unsuitability to work with children.