Managing Allegations against those working with children

The role of the LADO is set out in section 11 of the Children's Act 2004 and in the HM Government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).

Tania Brown is the Local Authority Designated Officer for Tameside. Her role is to give advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisation, liaise with the Police and other agencies, and monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process.

Every agency that works with children and young people should have a Designated Officer or manager whose job it is to liaise with and refer to LADO.

The LADO should be alerted to all cases in which it is alleged 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
  • Behaved towards a child in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children

Making a referral

The LADO should be informed within one working day. Please complete the LADO referral form and send to ladoreferrals@tameside.gov.uk

What to do if an allegation or concern is raised about a member of your staff

If you’re faced with an allegation against an employee, volunteer, or a professional working or providing services to children you must contact the Designated Officer in your agency at the earliest opportunity.

Failure to do this could put children and young people at risk of harm. The Designated Officer should inform the LADO within 1 working day.

If you are not sure if the situation meets the threshold contact LADO for an informal discussion.

Greater Manchester procedures

Section 6.2 outlines the roles, responsibilities and procedures for managing allegations of abuse made against adults who work with children and young people.

Contact LADO

The Local Authority Designated Officer in Tameside: Tania Brown 0161 342 4398 email: tania.brown@tameside.gov.uk

Referrals: ladoreferrals@tameside.gov.uk

When Tania Brown is not available please contact the Independent reviewing duty Officer in the conference and review team on 0161 342 4343.

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual
  • Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Children's Hub using the Online Electronic Referral form