Despite all efforts to recruit safely there will be occasions when allegations are made of abuse by staff or volunteers against children. All organisations which have employees or volunteers working with children should therefore have clear and accessible policies and procedures, consistent with these London Child Protection Procedures, which explain what should happen when allegations about the behaviour of a member of staff or volunteer are raised. These should include the requirement to appoint a designated safeguarding lead to whom these allegations are reported. It is the responsibility of this designated safeguarding lead to report allegations to, and otherwise liaise with, the local authority designated officer (LADO) who has the responsibility to manage and have oversight of allegations against people who work with children Working Together to Safeguard Children. (London CP Procedures 7.1.1).
The Pan-London procedures should be applied when there is an allegation that any person who works with children, in connection with their employment or voluntary activity, 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.