Managing allegations against adults who work with children (LADO)

Children and young people in schools, attending community activities, faith meetings or receiving services have a right to be treated with care and respect by staff, volunteers, faith and community leaders. Research and enquiries have shown that sometimes people in such positions of trust abuse children. It has also been shown that some professionals who work to support children may abuse or neglect children known to them in their private or family life (‘abuse by association’).

The MSCP expects all professionals and volunteers to have the highest standards of behaviour with regard to children and young people.

These procedures will be used to look into allegations of abuse by professionals and volunteers.  They are based on national statutory guidance and the London Child Protection Procedures. When an agency becomes aware that a member of staff or volunteer may have abused a child or young person (even if in their private life outside the agency) the agency MUST use these procedures and seek advice from the Local Authority Designated Officer on how the investigation should be conducted.

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), has overall responsibility for the management of allegations of abuse by adults who work with Children. The LADO provides advice and guidance, liaises with the Police, Social Care Teams, Regulatory Bodies such as Ofsted and other organisations as needed and ensures a consistent, fair and thorough process for both child and adult.

LADO Flow chart (Word document)

The role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is set out in chapter 2 of the HM Government Guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018), the London Child Protection Procedures (Chapter 7, 5th Edition 2015),DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2018)

LADO Referral Form

LADO Flyer