Concerned about a child’s safety?
If you have concerns about a child’s safety or well-being you should contact Social Care Direct, they will deal with your concerns and can offer advice and support on what to do.
Social Care Direct is a free and confidential phone line, open 24 hours a day. Members of the public can make anonymous referrals, please call 0345 8503 503.
Allegations against people who work with children
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is a statutory post. All allegations against people who work with children (whether paid or voluntary) must be reported to the LADO – Jim Stewart on 01977 727032/ firstname.lastname@example.org. These allegations must fall within the scope of the procedure which is:
•Where an individual may have behaved in a way that has harmed, or may harm a child
•Where an individual has possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
•Where an individual has behaved towards a child/children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
It is the role of the LADO to manage and have oversight of any such allegations, regardless of the agency that the person works for.
Working Together to Safeguard Children states that every member agency of the Safeguarding Children Board should have a Named Senior Officer and Senior Manager with responsibility for allegations against staff. Their main role is to receive information about allegations within their organisation, and to ensure that the procedure for referral to the LADO is followed.
All allegations within this procedure that come to the employer’s attention should be notified to the LADO within one working day. The LADO will discuss the matter with the senior manager and where necessary obtain further details of the allegation details and circumstances in which it was made. The LADO may arrange for an Allegations Management meeting to take place, to enable all relevant parties to discuss the allegation in context. The subject of the allegation would not be invited to attend this meeting.
There may be up to three strands in the consideration of an allegation:
•A police investigation of a possible criminal offence
•Enquiries and assessment by children’s social care about whether a child is in need of protection or in need of services
•Consideration by an employer of disciplinary action in respect of the individual.
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