Allegations against staff / LADO
All allegations against people who work with children (including foster carers and volunteers) must be reported by the employer within one working day to the responsible Cumbria Local Authority Designated Officer (‘LADO’). Contact details are given below;
Carlisle, Eden, Allerdale & Copeland (except Millom)
Carol Holt Phone 07795 287902
South Lakeland, Barrow-in-Furness and Millom
Laura Cross Phone 01229 407580 or 07825 340449 (mobile)
If you cannot get through to the LADO you can contact the LSCB Business Support on 01228 226831 or 01228 226898
What must be reported:
The Senior Manager within the Organisation (SMO) must report any of the following to the LADO. Any allegation that someone who works with children has:
• behaved in a way that has harmed or may have harmed a child
• possibly committed a criminal offence related to a child
• behaved in a way that indicates that he/she is unsuitable to work with children
What will happen next?
The LADO will take information and provide advice as to what should be done next.
He /she will advise if the police or children's social care need to be involved and make sure this happens.
Allegations are managed according to Chapter 7 of Cumbria's Safeguarding Procedures which can be accessed via this link or from the ‘policy and procedures’ link above
Information for those subject to allegations
The LSCB acknowledges this is often distressing for those involved and has produced an Information Leaflet for staff subject to allegations which explains the procedures which are followed and the various avenues of support which may be available .