The resources below are to support early years and childcare providers in their policy and practice for safeguarding and child protection.

The Department for Education defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

Child protection is a part of safeguarding referring to protecting specific children who are suffering, or who are likely to suffer significant harm. If you are worried about a child's welfare, contact Children and Families Social Care.

The external links below will help ensure safeguarding children policies and procedures are robust and cover all relevant areas.

You can find Common Assessment Framework forms, Integrated Workforce Training and other resources at the Children's Trust.

For further information about your safeguarding policy and practice, contact your linked Childcare Development Officer.

The role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is set out in the HM Government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2015).

However, the title of Local Authority Designated Officer is no longer used in Working Together 2015 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015 where the role is referred to as Designated Officer.

Portsmouth and neighbouring authorities will be keeping the title of LADO for the time being. 

Portsmouth's LADO is Denise Lingham. Contact her by:

The LADO should be alerted to all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against children, or related to a child behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children

The LADO role applies to paid, unpaid, volunteers, casual, agency or anyone self employed and they capture concerns, allegations or offences emanating from outside of work.

The LADO is involved from the initial phase of the allegation through to the conclusion of the case. They will provide advice and guidance and help determine that the allegation sits within the scope of the procedures.

Within the role the LADO helps co-ordinate information sharing with the right people. They will also monitor and track any investigation with the expectation that it is resolved as quickly as possible. Notifications must be made to the LADO within 24 hours of the manager becoming aware of an allegation or incident.

The notification form can be downloaded from the PSCB website.

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