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Guidance and procedures if a person's behaviour causes 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 (DDSCP) has information and procedures about allegations against professionals and the role of a local authority designated officer (LADO).

Please ensure you have read the procedures, and have checked the criteria for reaching a threshold on the front of the referral form which can be found on Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership website, and that you are confident that the criteria are met prior to making a referral.

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
  • behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children

The email address to return the form is found on the form for both Derby City and Derbyshire.

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