Persons in a Position of Trust (PiPoT)


The statutory guidance to the Care Act 2014 (Care and support statutory guidance, section 14) requires Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs) to establish and agree a framework and process to respond to allegations against anyone who works (either paid or unpaid) with adults with care and support needs.


Specifically, a PiPoT allegation relates to a person who works with adults with care and support needs who has:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed an adult;
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against, or related to an adult;
  • behaved towards an adult or child in a way that indicates that they may post a risk of harm to adults with care and support needs.

Please note, if an allegation is made that concerns the actions of a professional, student or volunteer, which relates to alleged abuse or neglect of an adult with care and support needs, then a safeguarding concern should be raised and a PiPoT referral is not required.  More information about making a safeguarding adults referral and the online form can be found on the Council’s website.


The purpose of this guidance is to provide a framework for managing cases where allegations have been made against a person in a position of trust (PIPOT) and is focused on the management of risk based on an assessment of abuse or harm against an adult with care and support needs. It provides a framework to ensure appropriate actions are taken to manage allegations, regardless of whether they are made in connection with the PIPOT’s employment, in their private life, or any other capacity.

This guidance applies to the local authority, all partner agencies and commissioned local authorities’ relevant partners, and those providing care and support services.

The Redbridge PiPoT Framework can be downloaded via the link below.

The PiPoT Referral Form can be downloaded via the links below:

When a person’s conduct towards an adult may impact on their suitability to work with children, this must be referred to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) via .

Further Guidance and Support

Advice and guidance is available from the Designated PiPoT Lead via