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The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is employed by the local authority, to have management and oversight of allegations across the children’s workforce. It is the responsibility of a designated safeguarding lead to make contact with the LADO when there is an allegation that any person who works with children, in connection with their employment or voluntary activity, 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 suggests they may pose a risk of harm to children
  • behaved or may have behaved in a way that suggests they may not be suitable to work with children.

The LADO should also be notified when any person who works with children:

  • has behaved in a way in their personal life that raises safeguarding concerns
  • as a parent or carer, has become subject to child protection procedures
  • is closely associated with someone in their personal lives who may present a risk of harm to the child or children for who the member of staff is responsible in their employment or volunteering.

LADO Referral Form


Members of the public do not make referrals directly to the LADO. Instead, they should raise any concerns directly with the person’s employer or use the complaints procedure. If it is felt a crime has been committed, a report should be made to the Police.

Islington's LADO is Timur Djavit, Service Manager Children Protection.


For advice and information about allegations against staff and volunteers please contact

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