Managing Allegations against a person who works volunteers with children and young people
The review of Working Together to Safeguard Children in 2020 included a change to the criteria for referral to the Designated Officer for the Local Authority (LADO)
The criteria for LADO consideration is that the individual in a position of trust 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 he or she 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.
The Forth criteria of suitability is a new addition and can be used in circumstances where a child has not been harmed or placed at harm but the risk may be transferrable, for example when the person in a position of trust has been involved in situations of
- Domestic abuse
- Offences against adults
- Substance misuse
All referrals must be made in writing using the LADO Consultation Form.
- LADO Consultation Form
LADO contact number 0151 511 7925.
Pan Cheshire Procedures online – Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers
To support understanding of the new criteria and to offer a refresher around the Management of Allegations Procedure (LADO) there are training sessions available through the Training page.