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Adults working with children and young people who abuse their position

Sometimes adults working with children can hurt them. When an allegation of abuse of a child is made against a person working, or volunteering, with children the procedures outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) should be followed.

Who helps?

In Telford & Wrekin Council there is a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is involved in the management and oversight of individual cases where allegations are made against an adult who works/volunteers with children and young people.  The LADO oversees all allegations and concerns where an individual may pose a risk of harm when the allegation occurs in the Telford and Wrekin area. 

The LADO provides advice and guidance to employers/voluntary organisations about the cases by liaising with the Police and other agencies, and monitors the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible, through a thorough and fair process. This is done through Position of Trust Meetings or Discussions which coordinate, plan and manage the allegations.

Threshold for LADO involvement

In order that the allegation meets the threshold for involvement by the LADO, the following criteria must be met. That an adult working with children has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child;
  • Possibly committed an offence against, or related to, a child; or
  • Behaved towards a child, or children, in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.

The above criteria relates to the adult’s behaviour in the workplace, the community and in their home and social life.

For the full procedure please refer to the TWSCB Multi-agency ProceduresSection 1.14 (Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers).

All referrals to the LADO should be made through Family Connect on 01952 385385