Staff, Volunteers and Foster Carers
All allegations where risk of harm to a child made against staff (including volunteers and foster carers) in a position of trust with children whether made about an incident in their personal or work life, need to be referred to the Designated Officer, formerly known as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). Please use the guidance below to make your referral.
An Allegations Referral Form must be filled in for every case where it is alleged that a person working with children has:
Behaved in a way that has harmed or may have 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 they would pose a risk of harm to children
How to make a referral
2. Download the Allegations Referral Form
3. Complete the form with as much detail as possible
4. Email the completed form to LADO@lambeth.gov.uk and the Integrated Referral Hub on
Concerns about poor practice or management in a school or early years setting?
If you have a complaint or issue with poor practice or management in a school or early years setting (for example, a Nursery) in Lambeth please use the contacts below:
Support and Resources
Use this flowchart to understand the reporting process.
Refer to the London Child Protection Procedures for more information about the management of allegations.
The helpline provides support to employees wishing to raise concerns over how child protection issues are being handled in their own or other organisations.