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

  1. Behaved in a way that has harmed a child or may have harmed a child.
  2. Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child.
  3. Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she may pose a risk of harm to children; or
  4. 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.

To ensure that the cover arrangements for LADO are consistently responded to all emails and or referrals should be sent to [email protected] in addition to [email protected]

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.