Any allegation or concern about the conduct or behaviour of a person who works with children and/or young people must be referred to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). This will enable the management of the three strands of the allegations management process (potential safeguarding concerns, criminal investigation and disciplinary procedures).
All agencies have a Named Senior Officer responsible for allegations and information should go to them in the first instance before a referral is made to the LADO. Referrals must be made to the LADO when information suggests that an adult who has contact with children as part of their employment or voluntary work may have:
- 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; or
- behaved in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children