Children's care professionals processes

Local authority designated officer

We deal with cases where there is a concern or allegation against an adult who works with children. It may be that the person either:

  • has or may have harmed a child
  • may have committed a criminal offence related to a child
  • has behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children

By law, unitary local authorities like Thurrock have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is involved in the management and oversight of individual cases. The LADO does not investigate cases but they do:

  • give advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations
  • work closely with the police and other agencies
  • monitor cases to make sure that they are dealt with as quickly, thoroughly and fairly as possible

Allegations against employees must be reported to:

  • a senior manager in the organisation immediately
  • the LADO within 1 working day

You can download advice on what to do if you concerned about an adult working or volunteering with children.