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If you suspect a child is at risk of harm, please call The Contact Centre on 01744676767



Please be aware there have been changes to the LADO criteria as follows:

 Behaved in a way that has harmed a child or may have harmed a child.

  1. Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child.
  2. Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she may pose a risk of harm to children; or
  3. Behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children.

The Forth criteria of suitability will apply in situation as follows (please be aware the examples below is not a definitive list):

  • Mental health
  • Domestic abuse
  • Offences against adults
  • Substance misuse

We appreciate that the fourth criteria may be confusing for some practitioners and to support you and the LADO around the new Criteria, we have introduced the consultation form.  This Form Is NOT a referral form but is implemented to allow you to obtain advice and support without the need to make a referral.  When completed you will need to return it to the sthelenslado@sthelens.gov.uk email address and we will provide the advice and complete the form, returning it back to you to ensure that you have a record and be able to record the advice given by the LADO on your systems. 

LADO Consultation Form 2020-2021


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To make a referral to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) please use the referral form in the first instance.    

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NB: New changes to the LADO criteria are now in effect