What is a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)?

A Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) works within each Local Authority area and is there to support staff across all organisations who work with children and young people if any concerns arise regarding any practitioner who works with children and young people. 

The LADO should be alerted to 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 a child/children 

If a practitioner has concerns regarding the conduct of a colleague then they should in the first instance report this to the Designated Safeguarding Lead within their own organisation, who is required by law to report this concern to the LADO.  However, it is important to note that anyone can contact the LADO if they need to do so for advice or support, especially if concerns are regarding the conduct with children and young people of management or holistic organisational practice.

Useful contacts

Leicester City Council LADO based within the Safeguarding Unit
0116 454 2440

Leicestershire County Council LADO
0116 305 7597 & 0116 305 4532

Rutland County Council
01572 758 407

NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line
0800 028 0285

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