I'm asking on behalf of a friend who as asked me for advice and I just wanted to make sure that I've given her the correct info. Basically, my friend has a regular supply gig in a school, covering for a class teacher 1 day a week, and took some money for a school trip. She followed the school system for handing in money to the office, but now some has gone missing, which may or may not be the money my friend took - they're not sure - but the office staff are pointing the blame in my friend's direction. So far she hasn't been approached by SLT, only by the office staff, who keep telling her it's her responsibility to find the missing money. I've advised her to go to SLT herself and explain the situation, emphasising that she did follow the correct procedure for handing in money and she's not sure what happened to it after it was collected from the classroom in the register, and that she's only flagging it up because the office staff has implied that the trip can't go ahead if the money isn't found, which will cause uproar among the parents. I've told her to say nothing more than that she followed the procedure and she doesn't know what happened, but that if there is any implication that she has done something wrong, ask that the conversation be terminated and continued when a union rep is present. Is that fair? She's worried it'll come across as defensive or confrontational, but I personally don't ever trust anyone at schools anymore, and I'm aware that I'm an old cynical cow who is jaded from my own bad experiences. Is there anything else I could advise her to say/do? It's quite a large sum of money and she's worried that she'll either be asked to put in the missing money herself, or they'll go down a disciplinary route. I said both were unlikely, but I don't really know to be honest. Oh, and I told her not to handle any money from this point onwards, but have a TA or the other year group teacher take charge of the trip money for that class. Any advice appreciated, thanks.