As an employer you are responsible for reporting all cases to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) in your area where 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 children, or related to a child
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she is unsuitable to work with children

The role of the LADO is set out in the HM Government guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013). This applies to paid, unpaid, volunteer, casual, agency and self-employed workers; and all incidents should be reported to the LADO within 24 hours of the incident taking place.

The employer must not:

  • Investigate or ask leading questions if seeking clarification;
  • Make assumptions or offer alternative explanations;
  • Promise confidentiality, but give assurance that the information will only be shared on a ‘need to know’ basis.

You must contact the LADO who will provide advice, guidance and help to determine whether the allegation sits within the scope of the procedures; and remain involved from the initial phase of the allegation through to the conclusion of the case. They help co-ordinate information-sharing with the right people and will also monitor and track any investigation, with the aim to resolve it as quickly as possible. Please contact your Local Authority for details of how to get in touch with their Designated Officer.