The role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) was introduced within 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' guidance in 2006, and has been developed over time to meet changing national guidance. They give advice and guidance on how concerns or allegations should be investigated against adults working with children. This information
will tell you more about the role of the LADO. Please also see this information about data retention.
You should contact the Children’s Safeguarding Service on 03330 139 797 if you have concerns or receive a complaint or allegation that a worker/volunteer has:
The Local Authority Designated Officer will advise you on action to take next.
Any referral should be followed up with a referral form
. This form must be completed and emailed immediately to the Duty Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
If a concern is raised outside of office hours, and you think a referral to Social Care is required you should contact Essex Social care on 0845 606 1212 and inform the Local Authority Designated Officer at the first available opportunity.
(Please note this is not a secure address so any information sent must be password protected)
Local Authority Designated Officers
There are four LADOs for Essex County Council, Carole Fuller, Jacquie Wilkes, Mechelle de Kock and Rebecca Scott who share responsibility for covering the duty rota for referrals regarding concerns about people who work in positions of trust. To contact them please call 03330 139 797.