Local authority designated officer - LADO
The Role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Allegations against professionals or volunteers working with children are managed through the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
The role of the LADO is to manage cases when it has been alleged that a professional 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 s/he is unsuitable to work with children
The LADO is available to discuss any concerns and to assist with what action needs to be taken to protect a child. The LADO is also available to provide advice and guidance to senior managers on the progress of cases.
The LADO liaises with organisations such as the Police, Ofsted and Social Care to ensure a thorough and fair process for all those involved.
Who to contact
- 01708 431653
- Referral required
- Referral Details
Completing the LADO referral form
Section one must be completed and submitted immediately to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) if it is alleged that a person who works with children has: