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Local Authority Designated Officer or 'L.A.D.O.'

If you are concerned that someone in a position of trust has harmed a child or behaved in a way that indicates that they may be unsuitable to be in a position of trust, please contact the LADO to discuss your concerns promptly, before speaking to the person of concern. (See contact names and numbers below)

Working Together 2015 says that Local authorities should have designated a particular officer, or team of officers (either as part of multi-agency arrangements or otherwise), to be involved in the management and oversight of allegations against people that work with children. Any new appointments to such a role, other than current or former designated officers moving between local authorities, should be qualified social workers. See Designated Officer.

Local authorities in England should identify designated officers (referred to as the LADO) to be involved in the management and oversight of individual cases of allegations of abuse made against those who work with children as set out in the Allegations against People who Work with Children Procedure.

Their role is to give advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations; liaise with the Police and other agencies, and monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible consistent with a thorough and fair process.

Leicestershire County Council LADO

Local Authority Designated Officer Team

Mark Goddard

Karen Browne

Tel: 0116 305 7597

Tel: 0116 305 4532

Rutland County Council LADO

Tracy Holliday

01572 720 913

Leicester City Council LADO

Local Authority Designated Officer (based in the Safeguarding Unit)Lesley BoothTel: 0116 454 2440 or email Lado-allegations-referrals@leicester.gov.uk