The Education Network for Waltham Forest
Supported by Waltham Forest

Safeguarding LADO

About our service

The LADO is a statutory role outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children, and provides advice and consultation where a manager or head teacher is concerned that the behaviour of a professional or volunteer may meet the threshold for a referral under the allegations procedure (see London Child Protection Procedures).

This is a statutory service, which is all council funded. Logged-in users can download below the LADO's introductory letter to schools and settings, explaining more about the service.

What we offer

  • General advice about whether an incident or pattern of behaviour meets the threshold for referral
  • Specific advice in relation to a particular incident where a professional or volunteer may have harmed a child, possibly committed a criminal offence against a child, or behaved towards a child in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
  • This can include incidents within the professional’s or volunteer’s home life

Benefits of using our service

  • Advice and consultation on situations where there has been an allegation or concern raised about someone who works in, or is connected to, your school/organisation and has contact with children and young people.
  • Where appropriate, guidance on what course of action to take. This includes external agencies using your premises, such as sports coaches, volunteers and support staff
Please see the Waltham Forest Council website for further details of the LADO's role, as well as the referral form to use and other useful documents


Gillian Nash - Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Safeguarding LADO
020 8496 3646 / 07791 559 789


Donna Parke - Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Safeguarding LADO
020 8496 8276 / 07854 238 759

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Last updated: 28 July 2017 by Arjun Gadhvi