Thanks for your patience. Being placed on suspension is not an automatic assumption of guilt and does not amount to disciplinary action. It is there to be used as a precautionary measure whilst an employer investigates any allegations against the employee. Reasons for suspending could be in the case of gross misconduct, breakdown of relationship, risk to an employer's property, their clients or other employees, to preserve evidence or ensure it is not tampered with, avoid potential witnesses being pressured or intimidated, etc.
During the period of suspension the employer should 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 terminate the suspension immediately and allow the employee to return to work as normal.
Having a conviction does not mean that you are automatically not able to work in this job or that you should be dismissed as a result. This is especially true if the conviction does not impact your ability to do the job, for example it is not related to children or does not in any other way question your fitness to work with children. What could be an issue is if you had not told the truth at the time of application for this job, for example if you were asked to declare any convictions or provided false information about your criminal record – that could be a misconduct issue which could result in disciplinary action now, but as mentioned it would depend on what was asked at the time and what you answered.
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