Local Authority Designated Officers

The role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is set out in the HM Government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013). Chapter 2 of this document lays out the procedures for managing allegations against people who work with children, for example, those in a position of trust, including paid, unpaid, volunteer, casual, agency and self-employed workers The LADO works within Children’s Services and should be alerted to all cases in which 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 s/he is unsuitable to work with children
The LADO helps 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. If you need to contact your Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), you can do this via your Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) or Local Authority. This list provides details of LADOs throughout England. You can download a PDF version BY CLICKING HERE