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 he or she would pose a risk of harm if they work regularly or closely with children.

Contacting the Children’s Services LADO and Assistant LADO:

All LADO contacts need to be made via the East Sussex LADO referral form

Other Information:

LADO Guidance and Flow Chart

Pan Sussex Procedures re: allegations against people who work with, care for, or volunteer with children