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 met the below threshold:
- 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 in a way that indicates they may pose a risk to children
- behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children
Making a referral
All statutory partner agencies are required to report all allegations to the LADO within one working day. Referrals should be submitted through the portal if the threshold for LADO procedures has been met. Please see the guidance on how to register and make a referral.
All statutory partner agencies are required to report all allegations to the LADO within one working day.
Who can I contact if I have a concern?
If you are unsure about referring to the LADO please speak to your Designated Safeguarding Lead or manager in the first instance and read the leaflet for professionals to ensure threshold is met.
If you still require some guidance you can contact the duty LADO on 01905 846221 once you have submitted the online referral, we first need the referral to be submitted via the online form in order for any advice from the LADO to be recorded.
Management of Allegations training and briefing
Management of Allegations Training is available through Worcestershire Children Safeguarding Partnership, this course will provide information which will help you to better understand the Management of Allegations processes, the role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), and the role of the multi-agency network.
It will help give you details on the legislation, procedures and processes; ensure you know what to do if there is an allegation against a professional; and better understand your role as professionals working in regulated activity.