Allegations Management (LADO)

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is the person to be notified when it has been alleged that a professional or volunteer 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
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
  • behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children

LADO Process (March 24) PDF 162KB

Please note that there is no direct telephone number for the LADO as we operate a duty LADO rota. To make a referral you must complete the referral form below and on receipt the LADO will contact the person completing the form

Allegations-Referral-Form-LADO (updated March 24) Please complete and submit the referral to the secure LADO mailbox safeguardinglado@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk This must be completed by the senior manager (or other designated person who provides the information) of the employing agency for the adult concerned.

Managing Allegations Procedures.

Useful documents;

If you want to increase your knowledge and application to practice then please book onto one of the Managing Allegations against Adults who work with Children Briefings which are delivered by the LADOs to professionals who work in Cheshire West and Chester.

Disclosure and Barring Service

For more information on when and who has a legal duty to refer to the Disclosure and Barring Service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service