Every Local Authority has designated officers (LADO) to provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations. Any allegation can require potentially different enquiries: a police investigation; a child protection enquiry; and an employment enquiry. The LADO will ensure that enquiries are managed appropriately, and that information is shared between the police, social care and the employer.
Make a LADO referral
A referral to the LADO must be made within 24 hours (or on a Monday if the information comes to light at the end of the day on a Friday) if there is information about a person indicating they have: For LADO advice, information and referrals please complete the LADO Referral Form and return to LADO.email@example.com.
If you are Education staff using ANYCOMMS, please select the drop down menu and select 'Child Protection'.Make a referral
After you've completed the form
Upon receipt of a completed referral form the LADO will respond before the end of the next working day, or on a Monday if the referral was sent in on a Friday after 4pm.
Who should be referred to the LADO?
All allegations relating to harm of a child or young person by those who work with them, must be taken seriously.
It is alleged that a person who works with children (paid or unpaid capacity) has:
- Behaved in a way that has or may have harmed a child
- Possibly committed a criminal offence against/related to a child
- Behaved toward a child in a way that indicates he or she would pose a risk of harm
- An allegation has been made against a person in relation to his/her work with adult service users, which causes concern about the welfare of an adult service user's children or the person also has another role working with children
Reasons for an allegation
An allegation is made against a person in relation to a matter that may indicate that the person may not be suitable to work with children. This can be connected with his/her employment or voluntary activity, or in relation to a person's private life where;
- Concerns arise about a person's behaviour about his/her own children
- Concerns arise about the behaviour of a partner, member of the family or other household member
- Where other information suggests they may pose a risk to any person that may demonstrate a transferable risk within their role with children
After an allegation has been made
The LADO will discuss with the employer how the person who the allegation is about will be supported and managed whilst enquiries are being undertaken and how children will be kept safe whilst enquiries are ongoing. If it is evidenced that someone is unsafe to work with children the LADO will ensure required actions have been taken including, when necessary, referring to the appropriate bodies.
On occasions someone who works with children can behave in a way that causes their colleagues or management anxieties. Such behaviours may include the failure to understand or appreciate how his or her own actions or those of others could adversely impact upon the safety and well-being of a child; inability to make sound professional judgements which safeguard the welfare of children; failure to understand or recognize the need for clear personal and professional boundaries in his or her work; behaved in a way in his or her personal life which could put children at risk of harm; become the subject of criminal proceedings not relating to a child.
Anyone with concerns about a person's suitability to work with children should contact the LADO for advice and guidance.