Allegations about adults who work with children - the LADO


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The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) oversees allegations about adults who work or volunteer with children. We offer advice to employers and agencies when an allegation has been made about a person, whether at work or in their private life.

Refer directly to the Single Point of Advice (SPOA) when a child is at risk of, or has suffered, significant harm and an adult who is working or volunteering with children has:

  • harmed or may have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • behaved in a way that suggests they may pose a risk to children

For other concerns about conduct, you can make a referral to the LADO.

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