Concerned about someone who works with children?
If you think someone who works with children may pose a risk to them, please tell us immediately.
You can call us on 020 8496 3646 to talkthrough your concerns, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisations should follow this up by completing our referral form.
- Referral form (Word 80KB)
We will make sure the matter is investigated properly, so that children are not at risk.
If you’re concerned about the safety of a child, but it doesn’t involve someone who works with them, please see our 'Worried about a child?' web page instead.
What to tell us about
Tell us about your concerns about someone who works with children, including non-work behaviour, including where:
- they may have caused harm to a child
- they may have committed a criminal offence related to a child
- their behaviour may pose a risk of harm to children
- they have difficulties with drug or alcohol misuse or other issues which might impact on their ability to do their job safely
- their own child(ren) has been the subject of a child protection investigation by children’s social care services
Who we are and what we do
We are the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) team and by law we have to ensure that any allegation into a person in a position of trust for a child is looked into.
We offer impartial oversight of the management of allegations against staff and volunteers by their employers.
If you’re concerned that someone in your organisation poses a risk to children, you must contact your most senior officer within your organisation – it’s the law.
You can 'whistleblow' and pass on information concerning wrongdoing to a third party, such as LADO or the NSPCC:
- if you feel that insufficient action is taken by your organisation’s leadership in response to reporting of concerns
- if you are worried that you will be penalised for reporting concerns
- if you continue to have concerns after reporting
All organisations should have a whistleblowing policy.
Anyone is welcome to contact the LADO team to discuss whistleblowing.
The NSPCC whistleblowing advice line provides advice and support.
The LADO process broadly follows these steps:
- Decide if meets threshold, and signpost accordingly
- Inform appropriate/ involved agencies
- Maintain records under DPA18, GDPR16 and the local authority’s data retention and destruction policies
- Refer to Child Abuse Investigation Team Police (CAIT) if there is a potential criminal offence
- Refer to MASH if there is clear adverse impact on child(ren)
- Schedule an Allegations against Staff & Volunteers (ASV) Strategy or Evaluation meeting in order to share information and decide how to proceed
- If police investigation, LADO process waits for its conclusion
- If no police investigation, LADO may request internal safeguarding investigation into the concerns and report (such as a Safeguarding Management Review)
- Disciplinary action waits for the conclusion of LADO process
- Outcome of allegation decision (substantiated, unsubstantiated, false, unfounded, malicious) by employer and LADO
- Review ASV and case closure
- If substantiated and staff/ volunteer is dismissed (or would have been dismissed if they had remained in post), ensure employer notifies DBS
- Regulatory body notification, as appropriate
- Systemic/ institutional learning
Download our full LADO Local Operating Proceedures (Word 130KB)
Find out more about managing allegations against staff and volunteers on the London Child Protection Procedures website.
For advice and guidance about concerns and allegations against adults working or volunteering with children, contact us at:
Waltham Forest LADO
Telephone: 0208 496 3646