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LADO Allegations

Allegations against adults working with children

The Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations (LADO) must be told of allegations against adults working with children and young people within 24 hours. This includes all cases where a person is alleged to have:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed, 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 Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations (LADO) in Wirral is Suzanne Cottrell.

If judged appropriate during the initial contact with the LADO, an Allegations Referral Form must be completed by the senior manager in full and forwarded to the LADO via email within 24 hours.

In the absence of the LADO calls will be taken by the duty safeguarding team.

The full multi-agency Managing Allegations procedure can be accessed HERE. The LADO procedure does not replace safeguarding procedures and CADT must be contacted if you have a safeguarding concern about a child.

If you require advice about your agencies response to an allegation please contact your HR provider.

LADO Forms and Guidance:


LADO allegations referral form
LADO 2 Form – Closures
LADO 3 Form – Police Closures 2


Managing allegations  – Employee LADO Leaflet

Managing allegations  – Employers LADO Leaflet

Managing allegations  – ParentsCarers LADO Leaflet



Managing Allegations – Role of the LADO

LADO Poster


Foster Carer Drop in Session – 0930 Monday 4th July 2016, Seacombe Childrens Centre

Managing Allegations against Professionals – Procedural Flowchart

Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people

Disclosure and Barring Service Referral Form and Guidance Notes