Allegations against people in a position of trust
If you believe that a child has been harmed by a person in a position of trust, you should contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
The LADO should be advised of all cases where it is alleged that a person who works with children has:
- behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child
- possibly committed a criminal offence against, or related to, a child; or
- behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicated s/he is unsuitable to work with children.
The LADO will act in accordance with Chapter 5 of Working Together 2010, Appendix 5 and any updated guidance relating to this role.
A person in a position of trust includes anyone who works with children in the course of their employment or in a voluntary capacity. Examples include:
- teachers and other members of school staff
- county council employees
- foster carers
- nursing staff
- police officers
- probation Service staff
- voluntary sector staff, e.g. NSPCC
- volunteer workers in school or elsewhere
It should be noted that whilst the age of consent for a sexual relationship is 16 years, any sexual relationship or sexual contact with a 16 or 17 year old by a person in a position of trust is illegal, even if 'consensual'.
If you have a general concern about a member of staff, you should use the complaints procedure for that agency or organisation. LADO deals only with complaints/concerns about staff members where there is a suspicion of harm or abuse of a child, or where there is information that indicates they are not suitable to be working with children.
To report a concern of this nature please:
Call the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): 01962 876364
You can write to:
The Safeguarding Unit