In the event that your organisation receives an allegation of abuse against an adult working for your organisation, either in a paid or unpaid capacity, you have a responsibility to report this to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
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 an adult who works with children may have caused them or could cause them harm. The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) works within Children’s Services and gives advice and guidance to employers, organisations and other individuals who have concerns about the behaviour of an adult who works with children and young people. Included in this group are volunteers, agency staff and foster carers as well as people who are in a position of authority and have regular contact with children, such as religious leaders, political figures or school governors.
The LADO should be alerted to all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:
Allegations of historical abuse should be responded in the same way as contemporary concerns. In such cases, it is important to find out whether the person against whom the allegation is made is still working with children and if so, to inform the person’s current employer or voluntary organisation or refer their family for assessment.
Any concern that meets the criteria above should be referred within one working day of the concern coming to your attention. You can do this by completing the notification form below.
Initially, it may be unclear how serious the allegation is. If there is any doubt, you should contact the LADO or lead person for safeguarding in your agency for advice.
Where a child from the Torbay Local Authority area makes an allegation in a setting or placement which is outside the Torbay Council jurisdiction, the lead responsibility for action lies with the local authority for the area where the alleged abuse occurred where there is most organisational risk.
In these circumstances, the Local Authority Designated Officer and, where appropriate, the child’s social worker, will liaise with the relevant local authority and agree a joint strategy.
Checks should be made as to whether there are any other children in the setting or placement. If so, the child’s social worker and manager must be informed, and the Local Authority Designated Officer should consult them about the action required.
Interviews of children from Torbay Local Authority areas will usually be undertaken by their own local children’s social care services in conjunction with the police as appropriate.
Where the referral relates to a child from another local authority temporarily placed in an establishment located within the Torbay Local Authority area, the Local Authority Designated Officer should liaise with the child’s home authority about the roles and responsibilities in carrying out this procedure.
Complete the form in all cases where an allegation of abuse is made against a paid employee or volunteer working with children or young people on behalf of your organisation/service. This form can also be used if you are unsure if an allegation meets the LADO criteria and you would like advice and information without giving any personal details. The completed form should be sent to the Safeguarding & Reviewing Unit at Torbay Council by email to email@example.com.
The LADO for Torbay Council is Ivan Sullivan
To talk to a Local Authority Designated Officer, please call 01803 208541
For further details on the process for reporting allegations please view the South West Child Protections Procedures.