Allegations Management and Safer Recruitment

Managing Allegations against Staff, Carers and Volunteers who work with Children and Young People

All Local Authorities have to have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to be involved in the management and oversight of individual cases for dealing with allegations against people who work with children.

The Local Authority  Designated Officer will provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations, liaising with police and other agencies and monitoring the progress of cases to ensure they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent and fair process.

Organisations working with children should have in place clear policies in line with those from Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards for dealing with allegations against people who work with children.

An allegation may relate to a person who works with children who 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.

 

 

Flowcharts for Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers


Useful guidance

Government statutory guidance on keeping children safe in education

Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers – Inter-agency Safeguarding Procedures

Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who Work with Children and Young People.
(2015)