Following collaboration with Children’s Social Care and Human Resources, The LADO Service has made changes to the terminology used for LADO Meetings. All LADO Meetings are now known as Allegations Against Staff & Volunteer Meetings (ASV Meetings). These changes have been made in order to streamline process and ensure a clear separation between meetings about Allegations against Staff and Volunteers and Child Protection Strategy Meetings.
The procedures for Managing Allegations against Staff and Volunteers have been updated and can be accessed via this link: 7.2 Managing Allegations against Staff and Volunteers | Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual
An ASV meeting/discussion will decide the strategy for managing the allegation. This will run parallel to any investigation by Children Social Care (CSC) who may need to convene a strategy meeting to determine s47 enquiries. The LADO and CSC will agree how the two processes will be managed.
The ASV meeting/discussion will consider:
The ASV meeting /discussion will also:
The ASV will be chaired by the LADO. It will normally be attended by the police, social care and the employer. The employer is advised to bring a Human Resources advisor. In situations where the allegation is against a health professional, the designated or named nurse for safeguarding (Clinical Commissioning Group/CCG) should be invited; or appropriate safeguarding lead from a provider trust/organisation
Agencies attending an ASV Meeting should come prepared with all relevant information that they hold. The ASV Meeting is a confidential meeting and information will not be shared outside of the meeting unless agreed by the chair (LADO)
When should you contact LADO?
You should contact the LADO service when a concern is raised that someone working with children (either in a paid or voluntary capacity) has:
If you are unsure whether a concern meets this threshold, we would encourage you to contact the LADO Service who can provide advice and guidance. All allegations should be reported to the LADO within 1 working day
How you can contact LADO
Phone: 01296 382070
If the LADO deems that threshold is met, you will be asked to complete the LADO referral form