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Derby City and Derbyshire County have guidance and procedures for when a person's behaviour at work, home or online, may cause concerns about their suitability to work or volunteer with children or young people.

There is a statutory requirement for local authorities to undertake enquiries when an allegation is received.

An appointed local designated officer will undertake those enquiries in Derbyshire. The Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership has information and procedures about allegations against professionals and the role of a local authority designated officer (LADO).

Following an internal review of the allegation referrals received, there are a significant number of allegations received that did not meet the criteria.

We would like to remind you that if you have a concern around a professional and around an allegation, please ensure you have read the procedures, and have checked the criteria, and that you are confident that the criteria are met prior to making a referral.

The criteria are on the front of the referral form.

You should make a referral to the LADO if there is reasonable cause to believe that a person who works with or has responsibility for children in connection with his or her employment or voluntary activity, has:

  • behaved in a way that has 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

See working together to safeguard children (2018) and DDSCP Safeguarding Children allegations against staff, carers and volunteers procedure.

The email address to return the form to is found on the form.

Also see