Managing allegations against staff

All local authorities should have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). In Wandsworth the LADO is the Deputy Head of the Safeguarding Standards Service.

The LADO's role is to provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations, liaising with the police and other agencies, and monitoring the progress of cases to ensure they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process.

The WSCB has responsibility for ensuring there are effective inter-agency procedures in place for dealing with allegations against people who work with children, and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of those procedures.

All WSCB member organisations should have a named senior officer who acts as the Allegations Manager for the agency.

Allegations Managers

If you have a concern or need to report an allegation relating to a member of staff, contractor or volunteer, please contact the Allegations Manager in your agency.

An Allegations Manager has the following responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that their organisation complies with the standards identified and agreed by the WSCB for managing allegations as outlined within Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015;
  • Ensuring that the workforce is aware of and implements the procedures in relation to all allegations against adults who work with or on behalf of children and young people;
  • Ensuring that the organisation has systems in place to review cases and identify and implement any changes therefore improving procedures and practice;
  • Resolving any inter-agency issues which impede the implementation of WSCB procedures;
  • Ensuring that the key roles of Allegations Manager, Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and Senior Manager (employer) are reflected in their agency's policy and procedure; 
  • Ensuring that effective reporting and recording arrangements within their agencies are in place; and
  • The LADO should be informed within one working day of all allegations that come to an employers attention or that are made directly to the police.

Making a referral

To make a referral to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) you should download and complete a LADO Referral Form and return to mash@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Contact the Safeguarding Standards Service

LADO Leaflets

To help clarify Wandsworth's LADO arrangements the WSCB has recently developed leaflets to explain the process:

There is also useful information at the Disclosure and Barring Service: criminal record checks, referrals and complaints


Information on Managing allegations against staff

Contact Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board

020 8871 7401
wscb@wandsworth.gov.uk