6.6 Allegations Against Staff, Carers & Volunteers
Local Practice Guidance has been produced and is available from the Milton Keynes Council website: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/children-young-people-families/children-s-social-care/the-role-of-the-lado-local-authority-designated-officer
School staff should also read the following chapter in conjunction with Milton Keynes Council's Model Child Protection Policy for Schools & Settings, and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
- 1. What is the LADO?(Jump to)
- 2. Scope(Jump to)
- 3. What should employers/you do?(Jump to)
- 4. Notifications to the LADO(Jump to)
- 5. Once a LADO notification is accepted(Jump to)
- 6. Urgent Child Protection Concerns(Jump to)
- 7. Key contacts and further information(Jump to)
1. What is the LADO?
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is the person who should be notified when there are allegations against a person who works with children that is paid, unpaid, volunteers, casual, agency or anyone self-employed.
They work independently of agencies to be able to review and ensure the safeguarding of children whereby they are cared for by people who are in a position of trust.
Positions of trust
People can be considered to be in a ‘position of trust’ where they are likely to work with children as part of their employment or voluntary work.
Positions of trust may include, but are not limited to any staff working on behalf of:
The LADO is responsible for:
The LADO is involved from the initial phase of the allegation through to the conclusion of the case,
These procedures for managing allegations against people who work with children are overarching inter-agency procedures and should be used in conjunction with each individual agency's own policies and guidance.
This procedure applies whenever it is alleged that a person who works with children has, in any connection with her/his employment or voluntary activity:
There may also be a situation of persistent low-level concerns that needs to be discussed with the LADO, that raises concerns about conduct and suitability.
3. What should employers/you do?
Anybody who has concerns about a practitioner working or volunteering with children should discuss their concerns with their manager, and/or their organisation’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. This discussion should help to clarify whether the criteria for making a LADO notification has been met. If so, any practitioner can make a notification using the form on the Milton Keynes Council website: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/children-young-people-families/children-s-social-care/the-role-of-the-lado-local-authority-designated-officer
If it is unclear whether the criteria has been met after this discussion, practitioners can contact the LADO on 01908 254307 for further advice
4. Notifications to the LADO
The LADO must be contacted within one working day in respect of all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:
The LADO is available to discuss any concerns and to assist you in deciding whether you need to make a referral and/or take any immediate management action to protect a child.
5. Once a LADO notification is accepted
A notification will be accepted by the LADO if it meets the above criteria set
Notifications will be subject to an initial evaluation and, where appropriate, involvement of other sectors including the police, social care, employers and regulatory bodies. The initial evaluation will focus on the nature of the concern, safeguarding for the child and appropriate consideration for the practitioner concerned. Inter-agency Managing Allegations Meetings are also convened by the LADO to manage specific situations.
There may be up to three strands in the consideration of an allegation:
If the investigation is not being led by the Police, each agency should use their own procedures to investigate an allegation internally with LADO oversight. The LADO will offer guidance around any safeguarding concerns, for example an individual’s contact with children while the allegations are being investigated. In addition, advice on support for the person the allegation has been made against.
6. Urgent Child Protection Concerns
Urgent child protection concerns should be discussed with:
Telephone 9am - 5pm: 01908 253169/70
Out of hours: Emergency Social Work Team 01908 265545
7. Key contacts and further information
If you want to know more about the LADO role, or managing allegations against staff, The Local Authority Designated Officers in Milton Keynes can be contacted Monday to Friday on 01908 254307 or email LADO@milton-keynes.gov.uk
The documents listed below can be accessed via the Milton Keynes Council website at: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/children-young-people-families/children-s-social-care/the-role-of-the-lado-local-authority-designated-officer