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Allegations of abuse against people who work with children (LADO)

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) provides advice, guidance and management where an allegation has been made against a person who works (paid or unpaid) with children or young people under 18 years old. 

The LADO works with the police and other agencies to consider whether an allegation is true or not. They ensure that any allegation is dealt with as quickly as possible.

 The LADO should consider an allegation if it might 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
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.

Sheffield resources:

SCSP city-wide policies and procedures:

National guidance:

Other relevant information can be found on this website here:Information and resources or in the index on the left side of this page.

If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care

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