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Each local authority must have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).  The role of the LADO is to oversee and investigate any concerns or allegations about a person who works with children in a position of trust, either in a paid or a voluntary role.  In addition, a LADO will give advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations; 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.

A LADO must always be contacted where there are concerns that someone who works with children may have:

  1. Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child;
  2. Possibly committed a criminal offence against, or related to, a child; or
  3. Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates that they may pose a risk of harm to children.

To contact a LADO, a referral form is used: Position of Trust Multi-Agency Referral Form (POT MARF)The referral form is emailed to the LADO at their direct email address which is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information, click here and select Warwickshire.

For cases where more than one West Midlands Local Authority area is involved, such as an alleged perpetrator who lives with their children in one local authority area and works in another, consult the West Midlands Cross Border Protocol.

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