Allegations against Staff or Volunteers

Reporting an Allegation or Need a Consultation?

City of London

Contact the City of London Children & Families Team (0207 332 3621) and ask for the City LADO.

London Borough of Hackney

Contact the Hackney LADO on 0208 356 4569 / LADO@hackney.gov.uk.

When to Contact the LADO

The LADO should always be contacted when there is an allegation that any person who works with children 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.  The LADO should also be contacted in other circumstances as set out in the London Child Protection Procedures.  Further guidance can be found in Working Together 2018.  Guidance specific to schools, colleges and further education settings is available to download here.

If you have a concern that a person may have behaved inappropriately or you have received information that may constitute an allegation

You Should

Report it to the Designated Senior Manager within your organisation as soon as possible, however trivial it may seem;

Make a signed and dated written record of your concerns, observations or the information you have received;

Maintain confidentiality and guard against publicity while an allegation is being considered or investigated;

Follow local information sharing protocols

You Should Not

Attempt to deal with the situation yourself;

Make assumptions, offer alternative explanations or diminish the seriousness of the concerns;

Keep the information to yourself or promise confidentiality;

Do anything that might undermine any future action, such as interviewing the alleged victim or witnesses, or informing the alleged perpetrator or parents or carers.

Making Safeguarding Referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

London CP procedures