I have a brand new role as a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) based in South-West London local authority. This is a locum role paying between £38ph - £42ph and will require you to work 36 hours per week. This will initially be on a 3 month contract with a view to extend.
Please see below the specific duties/reponsibilities of the role:
- To provide consultancy and advice to staff within Children’s Services and other agencies in relation to allegations against staff and volunteers and undertake initial evaluations of all allegations reported, producing a record of advice given.
- To provide clear professional advice in relation to individual case management in line with legislation and best practice guidance to Children’s Services staff and other agencies.
- To maintain oversight of cases and ensure that all agreed processes and cases are brought to a managed conclusion, involving and or communicating with employers and Human Resources services at all appropriate stages.
- To be responsible for monitoring progress of cases within set timescales and maintain an up-to-date and confidential database for this purpose, and ensure that all investigations are completed in accordance with the relevant guidance and within the required time-scales.
- To be responsible for the maintenance of clear records, including actions agreed and taken as a result of consultations and Allegation against Staff and Volunteers meetings and the outcomes.
- To ensure representation by appropriate agencies and professionals at meetings that relate to allegations against staff and volunteers, including the involvement of Ofsted and other relevant regulatory bodies where appropriate.
- To ensure that the welfare needs of all parties concerned are addressed and regularly reviewed.
- To ensure that systems are in place to provide children, young people, their carers and families with regular information and support as appropriate including the result of any enquiry or disciplinary process.
- To ensure that where appropriate, reports are made to the Disclosure and Barring Service and regulating bodies.
- To attend civil and criminal court as required.
- To ensure that any deficiencies are brought to the attention of the Senior manager for the service concerned and where appropriate to the relevant LSCB or Safeguarding Partnership representative.
- Establish effective working relationships with the Local Safeguarding Children Board any future Safeguarding Partnership; , the Police, schools, early years’ providers, the voluntary sector and other relevant organisations to promote the role of the LADO and ensure that all agencies are knowledgeable and confident in reporting concerns or allegations about adults who work with children and young people.
- To establish positive working arrangements, and work closely with Children’s Services Social Care and the Police Safeguarding Investigation Unit to agree appropriate thresholds and consistency of responses to such allegations, and ensure cases are effectively managed.
- To ensure that there are robust and appropriate mechanisms for information sharing between agencies, particularly the Police and Social Care with employers for disciplinary or risk management purposes.
- To prepare management information and reports, case audits and such other reports as may be required for the Senior manager, wscp, Dept for Education (or any other Government Department as required).
- To contribute to Safeguarding Partnership and the Local Authority training programme regarding the management of allegations.
- To assist and contribute to the management of OFSTED enquiries and Freedom of Information requests relating to Allegations against Adults working with children.
- To line manage and supervise the Safeguarding in Education Advisor.
- Establish effective working relationships with the Safeguarding Children Partnership the Police, schools, early years’ providers, the voluntary sector and other relevant organisations to promote the role of the LADO and ensure that all agencies are knowledgeable and confident in reporting concerns or allegations about adults who work with children and young people.
- Operate a professional consultation service, providing advice and information to employees within Wandsworth, the commissioning local authorities, partner agencies, the voluntary sector and other organisations in relation to the management of allegations and safer recruitment and employment practices.
- Develop effective systems, processes and protocols for the management of allegations made against people who work with children and young people, and ensure there are robust performance management systems in place to enable the tracking and monitoring of allegations.
- Chair and coordinate ASV Meetings and/or management planning meetings in relation to allegations made against people who work with children and young people.
- Ensure that the voice of the child is actively promoted and their wishes and feelings are fully considered; ensure that the child and family are appropriately participant in the investigative process.
- Produce a complete and correct written record of discussion, decisions and recommendations made at a ASV Meeting and/or management planning meetings, and ensure that the record is distributed within agreed timescales.
- Contribute to learning and professional development opportunities for the children’s workforce on allegations management, safer recruitment and employment, and wider safeguarding issues as appropriate.
- Collate and analyse local information on the allegations made against adults who work with children and young people to identify trends and intelligence; advise partner agencies and other organisations on the ways to improve their practice, including the development of new systems and procedures, sharing leading practice, and supporting capacity building.