Allegations against staff and volunteers who work with children

A person's behaviour at work, home or online may cause concerns about their suitability to work or volunteer with children and young people.

If you have reason to believe that a person who works or volunteers with anyone under the age of 18 may have:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child/or may have harmed a child
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • Behaved in a way that indicates they would pose a risk of harm to children

Please contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01332 642376.

If you have urgent concerns about a child or children at risk you must first contact the Police on 101 or 999, or Derby City Council First Contact team on 01332 641172.

Employers and professionals have a responsibility to follow the Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers procedure in the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Procedures when an allegation is made against anyone working or volunteering with children.

Concerns should be raised within one working day with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) using the referral form with a follow up call to 01332 642376 to discuss and agree the necessary actions.


More information is available on Derby Safeguarding Children Board website.