Managing Allegations and the Role of the LADO

This online learning course looks at the process of managing allegations and when these should be escalated to involve the Local Authority Designated Officer. The course also considers what to do about low level concerns, with case examples throughout.

Meeting your needs

There have been many national and local serious case reviews following people in positions of trust abusing that trust and causing harm to children.  Whilst there are many processes in place to ensure that people working with children are safe, as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021), “Staff working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff should always act in the best interests of the child.”  Our online course looks at what should be considered an allegation, how this should be managed and when the Local Authority Designated Officer should be involved with case examples throughout.

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What have others said?

“The course was more in-depth than I imaged it would have been, it clearly explained everything and answers thoroughly.” (Early Years)

“I did not feel confident in my knowledge on the process for reporting to a LADO and their role, now I feel much more secure in case action is required.” (Education)

“Although I am the safeguarding officer, LADO is an area I have been unclear on. Much clearer now. Thank you.” (Early Years)

“The e-learning was informative and concise. The quizzes were very useful and made me think. I liked the way links were made to real cases.” (Social Care)

“A mass of very interesting and useful information. It has really made me think in a different way and enhanced my knowledge.” (Education)

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What does the course cover?

By the end of this course you should:

  • understand the role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
  • feel confident about your role and responsibilities where there are concerns about someone who works with children
  • feel confident about what should and need not be referred to the LADO (i.e. thresholds)
  • understand the Managing Allegations process
  • know what to do if you have low level concerns that do not meet the LADO threshold.

All those who complete the course get a certificate of completion.

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Access to the online learning costs just £9+VAT per user for subscribing schools.  To find out more about subscribing to safeguarding network (just £99+VAT per term), click here. For subscribing schools the Designated Safeguarding Lead can agree access through their console.

Want to access the online learning without subscribing to safeguarding network?  You can access this course for £27+VAT per user. For access without subscribing contact us.

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Why safeguarding network?

With over 50 years of experience in child protection work and through working closely with Designated Safeguarding Leads, online learning from safeguarding network is built by practitioners who have learnt how to use elearning software.  This is in contrast to elearning providers who have built courses through liaising with subject matter experts.  Our e-learning reflects current practice, legislation and statutory guidance and is influenced by our daily experiences in keeping children and young people safe. Find out more about the team behind safeguarding network.

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