SEFTON SCP Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    15.2 Roles and Responsibilities

    Last updated 21/10/2021

    Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE) states:

    County level and unitary local authorities should ensure that allegations against people who work with children are not dealt with in isolation. Any action necessary to address corresponding welfare concerns in relation to the child or children involved should be taken without delay and in a co-ordinated manner. Local authorities should, in addition, have designated a particular officer, or team of officers (either as part of local multiagency arrangements or otherwise), to be involved in the management and oversight of allegations against people who work with children. Any such officer, or team of officers, should be sufficiently qualified and experienced to be able to fulfil this role effectively, for example, qualified social workers. Any new appointments to such a role, other than current or former designated officers moving between local authorities, should be qualified social workers. Arrangements should be put in place to ensure that any allegations about those who work with children are passed to the designated officer, or team of officers, without delay.

    Local authorities should put in place arrangements to provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations and agencies on how to deal with allegations against people who work with children. Local authorities should also ensure that there are appropriate arrangements in place to liaise effectively with the police and other organisations and agencies to monitor the progress of cases and ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process.

    Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) has responsibility for ensuring there are effective inter agency procedures in place for dealing with allegations against those working with children and for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of those procedures.

    Working Together to Safeguard Children identified three key roles essential to an effective process for managing allegations:  the Named Senior Officer (NSO), the Senior Manager (SM) and the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).

    Named Senior Officer (NSO)

    All SSCP member organisations should have a Named Senior Officer with responsibility for:

    • Ensuring that their organisation operates procedures for dealing with allegations;
    • Resolving any inter agency issues; and
    • Liaising with the SSCP on the subject.

    Senior Manager within the Organisation (SM):

    The Senior Manager within the organisation is the senior person to whom all allegations or concerns are reported.  They have responsibility for:

    • Ensuring procedures are properly applied and implemented; and
    • Providing advice, information and guidance for staff within the organisation.

    The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO):

    The LADO is responsible for:

    • Providing advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations;
    • The management and oversight of individual cases;
    • Liaising with the police and other agencies;
    • Monitoring the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible and are consistent with a thorough and fair process;
    • Reporting regularly to the SSCP including identification of themes and trends.

    It is critical that the relationship between the LADO and the Senior Manager is clear to all organisations.  The LADO should act independently of any organisation involved in the allegation concerned.