When an allegation of abuse is made against an adult working with children, this is reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). Every local authority must have a Designated Officer (LADO) in place who is responsible for coordinating the response to the allegation.
The purpose and duties of the role are set out in the HM Government statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018). Chapter 2, Organisational Responsibilities, lays out the procedures for managing allegations against people who work with children, for example, those in a position of trust, including volunteers.
These procedures for managing allegations against adults who work or volunteer with children are to be used in respect of all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:
Whenever an allegation/ referral is made against a person working /volunteering with children); the LADO:
You can read the full Allegations against Persons who work/ volunteer with children procedures on the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board website.
If you have concerns about an adult working with a child under the age of 18 that you would like to report, see the LADO Guidance and consultation documents:
All queries relating to the safeguarding LADO process and procedures should be sent to LADO@norfolk.gov.uk
If you have concerns about the safety of a child please report your concerns.