Reporting concerns about an adult

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The LADO manages allegations and concerns against professionals and volunteers who work with children.

You must contact the LADO immediately and within one working day if a person who works with children has:

  • harmed or may have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence involving a child
  • behaved in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to a child
  • behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children

The LADO process manages allegations about:

  • neglect
  • sexual abuse
  • physical abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • grooming

It can also be used to manage less obvious potentially harmful behaviour that happens outside of work.

Contacting the LADO

If you have a concern or allegation, use the LADO referral and consultation form to report this. 

It may also be helpful to complete a risk assessment to outline any immediate actions that need to happen to keep children safe.

Send your completed form to your LADO.

North Somerset’s LADO is James McMillan

Further information

Details on the LADO process and possible outcomes can be found in our guide.