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Local Authority Designated Officer

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) role is outlined in Working Together and is in place to ensure that allegations against people working with children are progressed in a timely and appropriate way. The role covers all settings where people work with children (e.g. Football Clubs, Church Groups and Child Minders) not just Oxfordshire County Council employees.

The LADO should be made aware of all cases in which it is alleged that a 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; or
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children.


There may be up to three strands in the consideration of an allegation:

  • a police investigation of a possible criminal offence;
  • enquiries and assessment by children’s social care about whether a child is in need of protection or in need of services; and
  • Consideration by an employer of disciplinary action in respect of the individual.

As an employer you may be requested to attend a ‘Strategy Discussion’ to provide information and help agree how children’s social care and the Police will undertake their enquiries.

As part of this process the LADO will liaise with the employer to ensure that whoever is the subject of an allegation is supported appropriately and to assist the employer in deciding whether individuals should receive a suspension from work during the enquiry.

Child protection and safeguarding policy (Template) 

The Local Authority Designated Officer produces a template Child protection and safeguarding Policy (updated Aug 2016) for schools which can easily be adapted for the purpose of voluntary and community sector agencies. Policies should be updated every 12 months

Contact details:

For all allegations please contact: Alison Beasley – Interim Designated Officer (LADO)
Email: LADO.SafeguardingChildren@Oxfordshire.gov.uk
Tel: Safeguarding Team: 01865 810603