Children's Services

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
  • GPs
  • 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

Download and fill out the LADO referral form Microsoft Word 82kB and send it to


You can write to:

The Safeguarding Unit

Children’s Services Department
Falcon House
Monarch Way
SO22 5PL