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Management of Allegations

Allegations against staff/Position of Trust Process
**If you are an Employee/Volunteer working regularly or closely with children in Sandwell, it is important you read the guidance attached, please download here.**

If you have concerns regarding someone who works with a child including foster carers and volunteers these should be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). This applies to all paid, unpaid, volunteers, casual, agency employees or anyone working in a self-employed capacity.

What must be reported?
As outlined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ the LADO must be informed of all allegations against adults who work with children.
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 or related to a child.
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.
  • Behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children (transferable risk).

If you wish to make a referral to the LADO, please click here to download a copy of the Partnership Referral Form.


To contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) please email