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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 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 document, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) says that 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.

To make a referral to the LADO please complete the LADO request form 2018 and email it from your secure email to LADO@sheffield.gcsx.gov.uk.  To discuss a referral with the LADO please ring 0114 273 4850.

If you have concerns about the behaviour of someone who works with a vulnerable adult, you should ring 0114 273 6870 or visit Adult Safeguarding at the Sheffield City Council website.

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