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Allegations Against People in a Position of Trust

If you believe that a child has been harmed by a person in a position of trust, you should contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01962 876364

The LADO should be advised of all cases where it is alleged that a person who works with children has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed, 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.

A person in a position of trust includes anyone who works with children in the course of their employment or in a voluntary capacity.

Examples include:

  • Teachers and other members of school staff
  • County Council employees
  • Foster carers
  • Health staff
  • Probation Service staff
  • Voluntary sector staff, e.g. The Scouting Association

If you have a general concern about quality of care or practice, which doesn’t fit with the LADO criteria above, you should use the complaints procedure for that agency or organisation.

Please contact the LADO if you have concerns about a person’s behaviour outside of the workplace which indicates that they pose a risk of harm to the children they work with.

It should be noted that whilst the age of consent for a sexual relationship is 16 years, any sexual relationship or sexual contact with a 16 or 17 year old by a person in a position of trust is still unlawful, even if ‘consensual’.

For further guidance, please see the 4LSCB Procedures