Local authority designated officer (LADO)

Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility. All staff members have a responsibility to report a concern if they believe a member of staff has behaved inappropriately towards a child.

All concerns should be escalated to senior management and/or the LADO.

The role of the LADO

Allegations against professionals or volunteers working with children are managed through the LADO.

The role of the LADO is to manage cases when it has been alleged that a professional 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 s/he is unsuitable to work with children

The LADO is available to discuss any concerns and to assist with what action needs to be taken to protect a child. The LADO is also available to provide advice and guidance to senior managers on the progress of cases.

The LADO liaises with organisations such as the Police, Ofsted and Social Care to ensure a thorough and fair process for all those involved.

Read more about LADO procedures

Completing the LADO referral form

Section one must be completed and submitted immediately to the LADO if it is alleged that a person who works with children has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed, 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

LADO referral form

Contact details

Havering Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Telephone: 01708 431653
Email: lado@havering.gov.uk

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