Allegations against people in a position of trust

Children should be safe from harm in the community as well as in their homes

Adults who work or volunteer with children in the community are in a position of trust.

When to follow the allegations procedure

If an adult who is in a position of trust has:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed a child, 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

then allegations procedures must be followed and reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).

Role of the LADO

The LADO will follow Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers to ensure that the allegation is investigated thoroughly. The LADO will inform the police and/or children’s social care if required.

If you have other concerns about a person in position of trust, that do not reach the level of an allegation you should follow the complaints process of the organisation where that adult works.

Report an allegation

If you need to report an allegation you can contact the LADO.

LADO notification form

Phone 01962 876364