Reporting someone you work with Click to get info
If you’re concerned that someone in your organisation poses a risk to children, you must contact your most senior officer within your organisation, it’s the law.
You can 'whistleblow' and pass on information concerning wrongdoing to a third party, such as LADO or the NSPCC:
- if you feel that insufficient action is taken by your organisation’s leadership in response to reporting of concerns
- if you are worried that you will be penalised for reporting concerns
- if you continue to have concerns after reporting
All organisations should have a whistleblowing policy.
Anyone is welcome to contact the LADO team to discuss whistleblowing.
The NSPCC whistleblowing advice line provides advice and support.
The process we follow Click to get info
The LADO process broadly follows these steps:
- Decide if meets threshold, and signpost accordingly
- Inform appropriate/ involved agencies
- Maintain records under DPA18, GDPR16 and the local authority’s data retention and destruction policies
- Refer to Child Abuse Investigation Team Police (CAIT) if there is a potential criminal offence
- Refer to MASH if there is clear adverse impact on child(ren)
- Schedule an Allegations against Staff & Volunteers (ASV) Strategy or Evaluation meeting in order to share information and decide how to proceed
- If police investigation, LADO process waits for its conclusion
- If no police investigation, LADO may request internal safeguarding investigation into the concerns and report (such as a Safeguarding Management Review)
- Disciplinary action waits for the conclusion of LADO process
- Outcome of allegation decision (substantiated, unsubstantiated, false, unfounded, malicious) by employer and LADO
- Review ASV and case closure
- If substantiated and staff/ volunteer is dismissed (or would have been dismissed if they had remained in post), ensure employer notifies DBS
- Regulatory body notification, as appropriate
- Systemic/ institutional learning
Download our full LADO Local Operating Procedures (Word 130KB)
Find out more about managing allegations against staff and volunteers on the London Child Protection Procedures website.