Are you worried about the way that someone has acted when working with children? Working with children includes voluntary or paid employment.

Where they have:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed a child;
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child;
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates that he or she would pose a risk of harm if they work regularly or closely with children.
  • behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children*.

*Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021

You have a responsibility to report the allegation or concern to the Local Authority Designated Officer by completing this online reporting form or by emailing

If you believe that there is an immediate risk of harm to a child or young person contact the Police.

What is the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)?

The LADO works on behalf of Coventry City Council and the Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership to address, advise and manage allegations and concerns against staff, carers and volunteers by addressing matters of safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

The LADO is involved from the initial phase of the allegation through to the conclusion of the case and will:

  • be involved in the management and oversight of individual cases.
  • provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations
  • liaise with the police and other agencies
  • monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with quickly and fairly

If you would like to leave feedback regarding your contact with the LADO Service, please take a moment to complete this online survey.

LADO contact information

Use the direct LADO email should you require advice or further guidance directly from LADO (please note this inbox is monitored 8:30am – 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 8:30am – 4:30pm Fridays). If your enquiry is related to training requests relating to LADO procedures/management of allegations, please feel free to get in touch via the LADO email address, or alternatively, you can contact the Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership via email at