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Managing allegations against adults who work with children (LADO)

COVID- 19 UPDATE:PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the current situation the LADO is working from home.  If you require a LADO consultation please call John Shelley: 0208 545 3187 or 07814 642 728 If you are sending a LADO referral or your query is LADO related please forward to: lado@merton.gov.uk or securely: lado@merton.gov.uk.cjsm.net.

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): John Shelley

LADO Business Support Officer: Jody Khan

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 can harm 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 . 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 harm 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 harmed 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.

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 7,6th Edition 2017), DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2019)

LADO Forms and Guidance