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The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

LADO - concerns about a professional working with children

If a child is in immediate danger please call 999

What it is

Allegations against staff or volunteers who work with children and young people in Barnet.

Allegations that meet the following criteria must be reported to Barnet's Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within one working day. 

Where it is alleged someone 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
  • Behaved towards a child(ren) in a way that indicates he/she may pose a risk of harm if they work with children regularly or closely.

The LADO can also be contacted for advice regarding concerns or suspicions about behaviour towards children by staff within Barnet's children's workforce. This includes volunteers as well as paid staff and those in a position of trust for example faith leaders.

Barnet's LADO should be contacted via the Barnet MASH Team.

What to do

The Governments 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' guidance outlines a local authority's role in the management and oversight of allegations against people that work with children.

In Barnet you can get advice and guidance from the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) by contacting the MASH on 020 8359 4066.


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