Role of the Local Authority Designated Officer
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is responsible for the oversight and management of allegations made against professionals in the children’s workforce, to include paid employees and volunteers. Consequently they should be informed of all allegations that come to an employer’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.
The LADO for North Tyneside Council is:
Cobalt Business Park
Telephone: 0345 2000 109
Should you have concerns about an individual who has a job working with children or volunteers with children in the North Tyneside area, then it is important that this is reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) in order to ensure that the correct process can be followed to safeguard children;
In accordance with Working Together (2018), where an organisation has received an allegation that a volunteer or member of staff 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
To raise a concern:
- complete the form below, giving as much detail as possible or
- contact 0345 2000 109 within office hours in order to gain advice
Where there is an immediate threat to a child please contact the Police on 999 OR 101 or the contact the Emergency Duty Team (if outside office hours) on 0330 333 7475.