Managing allegations made against adults

If you receive information to suggest a member of staff working within the borough of Bromley has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he would pose a risk of harm if they work regularly or closely with children

Please report the matter to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) immediately by calling 0208 461 7775 or 0208 313 4325.

If the allegation is to be reported out of office hours, contact Children’s Social Care Out of hours Emergency Duty Team on 0300 303 8671. See the Protocol below for timescales for reporting.

Please do not:

  • Investigate the allegation
  • Ask leading questions
  • Promise confidentiality
  • Discuss the allegation with the accused person even if you have to suspend them

Please do ensure:

  • If the child is injured the parents are advised and medical attention is sought
  • The child and other relevant children are safeguarded from any potential risk of harm


> LADO Staff and volunteers Brochure
> LADO Referral Form 2022
> LADO Procedure
> Meet the LADO