All organisations providing services to children and young people must ensure that their staff and volunteers are safe to do so. Most adults who work with children and young people act professionally and aim to provide a safe environment for the children and young people in their care, however, it must be recognised that there are adults who will deliberately seek out, create or exploit opportunities to abuse children.
The allegations' process is managed by Worcestershire’s Local Authority Designated Officers (LADO) as part of the Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Service.
LADO procedures should be applied when there is an allegation that any person who works with children, in connection with their employment or voluntary activity, has:
- 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
- behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
Who can I contact if I have a concern?
For advice and information about allegations against staff and volunteers; the LADO Team can be contacted on Tel: 01905 846221
Jon Hancock (LADO) and Emma Arnold (LADO) can help you with any concerns you have.
All statutory partner agencies are required to report all allegations to the LADO within one working day. Referrals should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a school?
You can complete a cause for concern form on the Schools Portal.