Allegations against Staff & Volunteers

Reporting an Allegation or Need a Consultation?

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.  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


Hackney LADO

Please contact the LADO via the online form for advice, consultation and for making a referral. Only if the contact is not related to concern or an allegation against a staff member/volunteer, email

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.

City of London

City of London LADO

020 7332 1215 /


Guide for Hackney staff and volunteers who work with children where a concern has been raised or an allegation made

A guide for City of London staff and volunteers who work with children - concerns and allegations

London Child Protection Procedures

Refer to the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)