Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) service provides management and oversight of individual cases of allegations of abuse made against those who work with children.

The LADO must be contacted when you have received any allegation or concern about any person who works with children who may have:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed a child
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against, or related to, a child; or
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
  • Behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children

These procedures may also be used where concerns arise about:

  • The person's behaviour with regard to his/her own children
  • The behaviour in the private or community life of a partner, member of the family or other household member
  • A person's behaviour in their personal life, which may impact upon the safety of children to whom they owe a duty of care.

Contact and further information

From Monday 5 February 2024 you can complete a referral to LADO online, which will be sent straight to our LADO team.

Use the online form to notify the LADO of an allegation:

Complete a referral to LADO

The old referral form will no longer be accepted.

If you need to speak to someone please call: 01772 536 694.

For more information including the procedure for managing allegations please see the following documents: