Despite all efforts to recruit safely there will be occasions when allegations are made against staff or volunteers working with children. Organisations should have clear procedures in place that explain what should happen when such allegations are raised.
These should include the requirement to appoint a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) to whom these allegations are reported. It is ordinarily the responsibility of the DSL to report allegations to, and otherwise liaise with, the designated officer in the local authority (referred to as the LADO). The LADO has the responsibility to manage and have oversight of allegations against people who work with children.
The LADO should always be contacted when there is an allegation that any person who works with children 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.
The LADO should also be contacted in other circumstances as set out in the London Child Protection Procedures. Further guidance can be found in Working Together 2018. Guidance specific to schools, colleges and further education settings is available to download here.