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 LADOs for North Tyneside Council are:
Kath Burns/Carrie Barron/Joanne Dean
Cobalt Business Park
Telephone: 0345 2000 109