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.
Phone 01962 876364