The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), has overall responsibility for the management of the allegations of abuse against adults who work with children. The LADO provides advice and guidance, liaises with the Police, Children Social Care, regulatory bodies such as Ofsted and other organisations as needed.
The North Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board procedures provide guidance to managing case of allegations that might indicate that a person is unsuitable to continue to work with children in their present position, or in any capacity.
They should be used in a respect of all cases in which it is alleged that an employee 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 he or she would pose a risk of harm if they work regularly or closely with children. Is unsuitable to work with children
A ‘staff member’ is a person whose work brings them into contact with children in their setting. It, therefore, applies to all adults whether paid of working in a voluntary capacity (including agency workers) on or off premises and sites.
All staff have a responsibility to report if they believe a member of staff is harming or using unacceptable behaviour towards a child. Information may come to light about behaviour outside of the workplace which could indicate a breach of acceptable professional conduct.
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is responsible for the oversight and management of allegations made against employees. Consequently they should be informed of all allegations that come to an employee’s attention.
The LADO will provide advice, guidance and help to determine whether a concern or allegation sits within the scope of safeguarding procedures. They have responsibility for ensuring the workforce is safe by managing allegations of abuse or misconduct of professionals working with children, offering advice and making referrals to the relevant bodies as appropriate.
The LADO is responsible for raising awareness and understanding of safe working practises and safer recruitment, share learning based on experiences, to ensure that practise and services are constantly improved, help establish and aid an understanding of baseline from which we can measure the impact of services on children or young people. The LADO is also responsible for identifying gaps in service and service standards and reporting these to the Local Safeguarding Children Board.