Many thanks for your patience. Being placed under investigation is not an automatic assumption of guilt and does not amount to disciplinary action. It is there to be used as a starting point if the employer believes there is potential wrongdoing by an employee.
The employer is first required to conduct a reasonable investigation into the allegations against the employee. If the investigation gathers enough evidence to justify the taking disciplinary action that could be the next step. In that case the employee has the right to be informed in advance of the allegations against them and be given the opportunity to prepare for the hearing.
On the other hand, if the investigation does not find enough evidence to justify a disciplinary, the employer should allow the employee to return to work as normal.
At this stage they are simply looking into your actions before deciding whether there is a formal case to answer. You could be asked to attend an investigatory meeting first where you can explain what your reasons for your actions were. What you did is not fraudulent – fraud is where you do something dishonest for personal or financial gain and this is clearly not the case here, it is however a breach of internal rules and policies because you did not follow the set rules. In the circumstances it is best to explain what your motives behind this were, apologise for what you did and accept that you did wrong but that you never had any malicious intentions. In reality, the parents were not in any way affected by this as it just meant the wrong person signed the forms but the outcome was in reality the same.
This is your basic legal position. I have more detailed advice for you in terms of the rights you have should the take this to a formal disciplinary, which I wish to discuss so please take a second to leave a positive rating for the service so far (by selecting 3, 4 or 5 stars) and I can continue with that and answer any further questions you may have. Don’t worry, there is no extra cost and leaving a rating will not close the question and we can continue this discussion. Thank you