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LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer)

A guide to managing allegations against staff and volunteers working with children.

Every Local Authority has a statutory responsibility to have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is responsible for co-ordinating the response to concerns that a member of staff or volunteer who works with children may have caused them harm.

The majority of allegations against staff or volunteers relate to their behaviour in the workplace. However some concerns may relate to their personal life or the care of their own children.

In some cases there may have been an allegation of abuse against someone closely associated to them and this person may pose a risk of harm to the children the staff or volunteer is responsible for. In Wandsworth we work to the London Child Protection Procedure, Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education.

The proceeders, referral form and leaflet can be found on the downloads section.

Please note that any mentions of IPOC in the supportng documents should now read MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub). The telephone number is still the same, but their email address is now

Who to contact


Last updated: 07 May 2020

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