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Complex Disciplinary Investigation Case Study

Company: Private Education Provider

Issue: Concerns with Data Protection and Safeguarding

There was a reasonable belief that a senior member of staff was conducting himself in a manner which the employer believed amounted to gross misconduct, this included:

  • Deletion of files which are required to be kept by law
  • Misappropriation of Company finances
  • Failing to follow and take responsibility for safeguarding management
Considerations & Limitations

Details here are minimal due to the nature of the case study.

This was particularly difficult to manage as, given the environment and the size of the Company, there were many factors which required consideration. This included covering lessons with minimal impact on students when having to interview staff, interviewing staff who only work one or two days a week and, also, when and where to hold formal meetings in addition to the restraints of the school term time. This meant that timescales took slightly longer than would have usually been the case.

There were issues with witnesses being treated differently having provided statements and external witnesses integral to the investigation providing false and misleading statements.

The process was completed on behalf of the employer and a comprehensive report was provided for the employer to complete the next step of the process.

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