It is vital that any concerns or allegations of abuse made about a professional working with children, whether paid, unpaid, volunteers, casual, agency or anyone self-employed, is reported at the earliest opportunity. This will make sure that any allegation is dealt with fairly and quickly ensuring that the child is protected effectively.
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) has the responsibility to help safeguard children in accordance with the statutory guidance set out in Chapter 2: Organisational responsibilities of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.The LADO has management and oversight of cases where an allegation or concern is made against an individual working with children. The role of the LADO is described in
Chapter 7 of the London Child Protection Procedures.
The LADO produces an Annual Report. You can access the latest one here.
If a child discloses an incident or a concern about a member of staff – treat it the same as if it is a child protection concern and refer it to the Single Point of Access in Kingston and Richmond.
Contact information for the LADO
To contact the LADO in Kingston:
Contact the kingston Single Point of Access (SPA) - 020 8547 5008 (outside of office hours, please ring 020 8770 5000)
To contact the LADO in Richmond:
Contact the Richmond Single Point of Access (SPA) - 020 8547 5008 (outside of office hours, please ring 020 8770 5000)
Health and social care workers are required to register with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) in order to practise. HCPC registration means that service users can be sure they are receiving a service from someone who is properly qualified to do the job they claim to be able to do. HCPC registration is overseen and regularly renewed and provides assurance that the worker demonstrates and continues to meet a rigorous set of nationally agreed standards of professional skills, conduct and behaviour. Service users and employers can check registration here: www.checktheregister.org or can download the free Check the Register app.
Find out more:www.hcpc-uk.org
Thinking the Unthinkable
There is important learning about whistle-blowing for anyone in any organisation or agency, when other members of staff or volunteers exhibit possibly inappropriate behaviour. In Cambridge, a Consultant Paediatrician Miles Bradbury, was found to be abusing children during his work. A receptionist raised the alarm following safeguarding training. Here is the learning around the Miles Bradbury case: