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Safer Recruitment and Employment

All organisations working with children and young people should be proactive in reducing the risk of child abuse taking place within the services they provide by:

  • Developing a safeguarding ethos
  • Adopting safe recruitment & effective safe termination of employment practices
  • Ensuring all staff understand safe practice, and receive appropriate training in child protection
  • Ensuring all vulnerabilities expressed by staff are taken seriously and responded to at the earliest stage
  • Ensuring that risk assessments are undertaken following allegations to reduce the likelihood of repetition

The following procedures and other resources are available to support organisations to develop safer recruitment and employment practices within their own organisation.

Registered Childminders

If you are a registered childminder working as a sole trader and an allegation is made about you, you should inform Early Years by calling 01296 387147 within 24 hours.  In the first instance, Early Years will support you and consider whether the allegation meets the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) threshold and liaise directly with the LADO as appropriate.

If you are a childminder and employ someone else in a position of trust with children (such as another childminder) and you have concerns or an allegation is made about him or her, you must (in your capacity as an employer) contact the LADO on 01296 382070 or at to discuss what to do.

In either case, you should inform Ofsted if appropriate.

Managing Allegations

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The Buckinghamshire Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is responsible for overseeing the management of all allegations against people in a position of trust working in Buckinghamshire with children, directly or indirectly, in a paid or voluntary position when that person has or may have:

  • Harmed a child
  • Committed an offence against a child
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children

The LADO does not complete investigations but is involved in the management and oversight of individual cases; providing advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations, and monitoring cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process. Further information on the LADO and how to respond to allegations can be found in the resources listed below.

Contacting the LADO

The LADO office is open from 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Thursday, and from 9am – 5pm on Friday.

Local Authority Designated Officer Service Annual Report 2018 – 2019The LADO Annual Report provides information on the performance of the LADO Service and is received by the BSCB each year.

Managing Allegations against Staff and Volunteers Working with Children This procedure should be applied when there is an allegation or concern that any person who works with children, has or may have:

  • Harmed a child
  • Committed an offence against a child
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children

The procedure outlines the action that should be taken in response to such a concern.

 Parent and Carers leaflet


A guide for parents or carers of a child or young person who has made an allegation of abuse against a member of staff or volunteer working in the children’s workforce.
 Employee leaflet A guide for staff and volunteers facing an allegation of abuse.
Professional Boundaries (leaflet)


The leaflet provides easy to follow guidelines and expectations around professional boundaries. It can be used across the children’s workforce, whether as part of an induction pack for new workers, or as an example of good practice for existing staff.
Safeguarding information for private hire / taxi drivers This leaflet provides safeguarding Information for drivers of private hire vehicles / taxi drivers in relation to transporting children and young people.
Flowchart for Managing Allegations Provides clear information as to the process when an allegation has been made against staff or volunteer
LADO referral form

(Updated April 2020)
Form to use when making referral to LADO service
Initial Joint Evaluation Meeting Agenda

Review Joint Evaluation Meeting Agenda

Agendas for Joint Evaluation Meetings (JEM) showing expectations for each meeting

Developing Robust Policies and Procedures

Safer Recruitment Toolkit (single pdf)


Safer Recruitment Toolkit: Appendices (available individually as Word documents for adapting and using within your organisation)

This toolkit has been produced jointly by the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board and the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board. It is aimed at anyone involved in the recruitment of staff or volunteers who will work with, or provide services for children or adults with care and support needs. It provides guidance, tools and templates to help organisations ensure all staff and volunteers are safe to work with children or adults with care and support needs.
Child Protection Policy Toolkit The BSCB Child Protection Policy Toolkit supports agencies to develop or review their own single agency child protection policy. It includes information on the key areas of safeguarding, example statements and links to further information and resources.

There is also separate guidance for schools produced by the Local Authority.

Self-Assessment Tools

Safeguarding Self-Assessment Tools These tools can be used by individual agencies, or by commissioners, to self-assess whether an agency has robust safeguarding arrangements in place.
Lampard Enquiry Partnership Briefing


This briefing paper highlights some of the key learning from the Lampard enquiry (investigation into matters relating to Jimmy Savile). It also provides a self-assessment tool for agencies to consider whether their organisation is meeting the recommendations.

West Berkshire SCR: Learning for services arising from sexual offences by individuals connected to a secondary school


This briefing paper highlights key learning highlighted in a West Berkshire Serious Case Review published in 2017. The key learning points are around safer recruitment and working practice, and creating a strong safeguarding culture.