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Concerned about an adult who works with children (LADO)

You should inform the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) if you’re worried about someone who works with children.

This could be an allegation that a professional has:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against children, or related to a child
  • behaved in a way that suggests they could pose a risk of harm to children for example if you think they may be abusive physically, emotionally, sexually or by being neglectful

You should report allegations to LADO within 24 hours of the incident if the allegation is against workers who are:

  • paid or unpaid
  • volunteers
  • from an agency
  • casual or self employed
  • foster carers
  • adoptive parents of children on Placement Orders

How to report an allegation to the Local Authority Designation Officer concern

Referrals must be made within 24 hours of the incident.

If you have concerns about an adult working wtih children or young people, you can report your concern by completing a:

How long it will take

Referrals to the Local Authority Designated Officer must be made within 24 hours of the incident.

Once you’ve reported a concern, the Local Authority Designated Officer will have 3 to 5 working days to contact the referrer. If a Local Authority Designation Officer joint evaluation meeting is appropriate, they will arrange the initial meeting which will include the employer and all relevant multi-agency partners.

Allegations should be resolved within 3 months. But in more exceptional cases they should be completed within 12 months.

Who to contact

  • Local Authority Designated Officer Admin - 01634 331 065
  • Local Authority Designated Officer - 01634 331 307
  • Local Authority Designated Officer - 01634 336 204

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