Concerned about an Adult Working with Children
Any concerns or allegations should be referred to the Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations (LADO):
The Wokingham LADO can be contacted via email on LADO@wokingham.gov.uk. The allegation notification form can also be found at the bottom if this page.
The Reading LADO can be contacted via email on 0118 937 2684 or LADO@brighterfuturesforchildren.org
The West Berkshire LADO can be contacted via email on 01635 503153 or LADO@westberks.gov.uk
What is a LADO?
The LADO gives advice and guidance to employers and others who are concerned about an adult who works with children including volunteers and agency staff.
The concerns may include:
Behaviour that has harmed or may have harmed a child
Criminal offences against or involving children
Behaviour that suggests that a person may pose a risk of harm to children
What does the LADO do?
The LADO is involved in the oversight and management of allegations against people who work with children
Provides advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations about the most appropriate way to manage the concern or allegation
Helps to establish what the next steps should be
Makes sure that all relevant specific actions are taken
Monitors the progress of a case
Any concern or allegation should be referred to the LADO within 24 hours
In cases where the adult is unaware of the concern or allegation it may not be appropriate to tell them immediately - it may prejudice a possible Police investigation. The LADO will provide advice.
Compromise agreements are not an acceptable resolution to a concern, and even if someone resigns it should not prevent a full and thorough investigation
The Allegations Process applies to paid, unpaid and volunteer workers, casual or agency staff and anyone self-employed.
The LADO will provide advice and guidance and help determine that the allegation sits within the scope of the procedures. The LADO helps coordinate information sharing with the right people. They will also monitor and track any investigation with the expectation that it is resolved as quickly as possible.
Further information about the allegations management process and the roles and responsibilities of agencies can be accessed on the Berkshire shared procedures website by clicking on this link.
If you need to make a referral to the LADO this can be done using the Notification Form below:
Download Related Documents
Allegations Management Flowchart (Designed by West Berkshire Council)
Managing Allegations - Guide for Employees (Designed by Wokingham Borough Council)
Managing Allegations - Guide for Employers (Designed by Wokingham Borough Council)
LADO Poster 2022 (Designed by Wokingham Borough Council)
Wokingham LADO Referral Form (Designed by Wokingham Borough Council)