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Allegations against People who work with children (LADO)

What is a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)?

The role of the LADO is set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).

The GSCP has procedures for managing allegations against people who work with children.

The LADO works within Children's Services and should be alerted to all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk to children/be unsuitable to work with children.

For more information please see Allegations against staff or or Volunteers who Work with Children webpage and  Gateshead What is a LADO? PDF (PDF) [239KB]

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