Allegations against adults who work with children

All allegations about people who work with children, in statutory, independent or voluntary organisations must be referred to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).

A referral to the LADO must be made if there is information about an adult who works (either paid or voluntary) with children and young people under the ages of 18 indicating they have:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child or may have harmed a child;
  • Possibly committed an offence against or related to a child;
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.

If there is an allegation with regard to someone who cares for children outside of their main workplace then this potentially has implications for their professional role and must also be referred to the LADO.

What is a LADO?

Local authorities should have designated a particular officer, or team of officers to be involved in the management and oversight of allegations against adults who work with children.

In Trafford we have a particular designated officer. Our Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) works within the boundaries of Trafford borough and is there to support staff across all organisations who work with children and young people (in regulated activity) if any concerns arise regarding any practitioner who works with children and young people under the age of 18 and their suitability to carry out their work.

Making a referral

To seek advice or make a referral, please complete the Allegation of professional abuse referral form or contact the LADO via Trafford Children's First Response. Telephone: 0161 912 5125 or email:

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