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Local authority designated officer (LADO)

The LADO’s role is to ensure that any allegations or concerns about professionals working or volunteering with children are managed appropriately. The LADO works within children’s services. They will usually be a qualified social worker.

The LADO should be alerted to all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children 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 they may pose a risk of harm to children.

The LADO is involved from the initial phase of the allegation through to the conclusion of the case. The LADO provides advice and guidance to employers and charities. They liaise with the police and other agencies. The will monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as swiftly as possible, with a thorough and fair process.

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