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LADO - Concerns about professionals

How to raise allegations against people who work or volunteer with children.

All organisations have arrangements to safeguard (keep safe) and promote the welfare of children. This includes having policies for dealing with allegations against people who work with children.

An allegation may relate to a person who works with children who has:

All local authorities have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is involved in the management and oversight of individual cases.

They will:


The LADO should be informed within one working day of all allegations that come to an employer’s attention, including those made directly to the police.

Information Leaflets

Further Guidance

Useful resources for conducting investigations

Keeping children safe in education (

Guidance for Safer Working Practice

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023 (

Bristol Safeguarding Partnership Procedures



KBSP Inter-agency Training


LADO Contact Information


Telephone: 0117 903 7795