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The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) has responsibility for independent management and oversight of allegations against people who work or volunteer with children. Working or volunteering with children is described as someone who comes into contact with children as part of their role and would be seen in position of authority or trust by children when in their work or volunteering role. The LADO provides advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations, liaising with the police and other agencies and monitoring the progress of allegations against people who work or volunteer with children in the city of Hull. Each agency which employs people to work with children is required to have a Designated Officer who should liaise with the LADO when a concern arises about a member of their workforce. For volunteer organisations or smaller community organisations, an individual who will act as the single point of contact for the LADO during this process should be identified.

Referral of a professional to the LADO

Consider calling the LADO for advice on 01482 790 933 prior to completing this referral form. However, if the LADO is not immediately available for consultation this should not prevent you from submitting a referral for consideration.

What happens when an allegation has been made about you leaflet

LADO Threshold

The threshold for LADO oversight and involvement is considered where it is alleged that anyone working, or volunteering (including foster carers) with children under 18 years of age, 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 he or she may pose a risk of harm to children
  • behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children (including conduct in a person’s private life, association with someone who presents a risk to children or harm to an adult).

All organisations providing services for children, including those who provide paid staff or volunteers to work with or care for children should inform the LADO if an allegation or serious concern is raised within 1 working day of the concern coming to their attention.