Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) – A Guide
Worcestershire Children First have developed a LADO guide for professionals and volunteers who work with children.
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is responsible for managing allegations against adults who work with children. This involves working with Police, Children’s Social Care, employers and other involved professionals. The LADO does not conduct investigations directly, but rather oversees and directs them to ensure thoroughness, timeliness and fairness. Ordinarily, to ensure impartiality, the LADO will not have direct contact with the adult against whom the allegation has been made, or the family of the child/children involved but will, as part of their role, ensure that these have information regarding outcomes. The regional LADO procedures can be found at: http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/ykpzy/statutory-child-protection-procedures/allegations-against-staff-or-volunteers
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