Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) responds to allegations made about people who work with children. The statutory guidance Working Together 2018 sets out the requirements for all agencies providing services for children to have procedures in place for reporting and managing allegations against staff and volunteers. The criteria for LADO involvement applies when an individual working or volunteering with children has:
- Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;
- Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child;
- Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children;
- Behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children.
Contacting the Children’s Services LADO and Assistant LADO:
To make a referral to the LADO and for the managing allegations flowchart guidance go to the ‘allegations about adults who work with children – the LADO‘ webpage.