What the DfEE says
* The procedures should keep the damaging effects of false allegations to a minimum.
* When an allegation is made, suspension of the person concerned should not be automatic.
* Heads, governors and local education authorities should take into account: the seriousness and plausibility of the allegation; the risk of harm to the pupil concerned or to other pupils; the possibility of tampering with evidence; and the interests of the teacher concerned and the school.
* An initial investiation by a named person within the school should obtain a fair and balanced picture of the alleged incident. It should not attempt to prove or disprove an allegation.
* Once the investigation is completed, or if significant new evidence emerges, the school should reconsider suspension of the accused teacher.
* It should also consider whether police andor child protection services should be involved. If they are, the school should suspend its own proceedings.
* Only when the police and school have both completed their investigations should formal disciplinary proceedings be considered by the school.
Source: DfEE Circular 1095