Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Employed by the local authority, the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) manages and has oversight of allegations across the children’s workforce. It is the responsibility of the designated safeguarding lead of organisations to report allegations to, and liaise with, the LADO when there are allegations against people who work or volunteer with children Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Contact the LADO

You should make contact with the LADO when there is an allegation that any person who works with children, in connection with their employment or voluntary activity, 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 suggests they may pose a risk of harm to children
  • behaved or may have behaved in a way that suggests they may not be suitable to work with children
Page updated on: 17 February 2023