Allegations against adults who work with children

All allegations (that meet the criteria set out below) against adults who work in regulated activity with children, in statutory, independent or voluntary organisations must be referred to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) in the borough where that person works.

A referral to the LADO must be made within 1 working day 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; or
  • behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with 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.

The Government have published guidance on regulated activity in the children's workforce.

What is a LADO?

Local authorities should have designated an 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 those managing allegations within their organisation. This YouTube video helps to explain the role of the LADO.

Making a referral

To make a referral you must complete the LADO Referral Form.

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