Allegations against staff - the LADO


Managing Allegations Against Staff & Volunteers Working with Children

A referral form must be completed and emailed immediately to the LADO if you think that a person who works with children has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against, or related to, a child; or
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children

Once the referral has been made the manager should telephone the LADO immediately to discuss the next course of action.


Managing allegations of abuse made against somebody who works with children in Bexley - This leaflet has been produced to explain the process for making a referral to the LADO. It helps referrers to understand their responsibilities and what the potential outcome of a referral might be.

Referral form

LADO referral form - (Word Document). Revised July 2016

Contact details:

The Local Authority Designated Officer in Bexley is:

James McMillan

The LADO can be contacted on the email or telephone numbers below:




Tel: 020 3045 5543 (direct dial)

Mobile: 07950 562936

Tel: 020 3045 5645 (LADO Admin)

Tel: 020 3045 5440 (Front Door Team)

Fax: 020 3045 3585

If you are unable to contact James McMillan or the LADO Admin directly, please call through to the Front Door Team, Tel: 020 3045 5440 or 0208 303 7777. The Social Worker on duty will be able to give you advice or will forward a message. Alternatively, please email using the addresses above. The LADO will endeavour to get back to you the same day.

Please use the secure email (cjsm) for sending referral forms or any other sensitive information.

Policy and guidance documents

In line with Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2015 and the London Child Protection Procedures, Bexley LSCB has a set of policy and guidance documents which can be downloaded below.

Guidance documents

Information for agencies - September 2014

Information for employees - September 2014

Schools and colleges should consult Keeping Children Safe in Education, the strategic guidance, (Page 40).

See the DfE webpage: Keeping Children Safe in Education

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015), the safeguarding strategic guidance, states that:

‘Local authorities should have designated a particular officer, or team of officers (either as part of multi-agency arrangements or otherwise), to be involved in the management and oversight of allegations against people that work with children. Arrangements should be put in place to ensure that any allegations about those who work with children are passed to the designated officer, or team of officers, without delay. Local authorities should put in place arrangements to provide advice and guidance on how to deal with allegations against people who work with children to employers and voluntary organisations.’