Roles and responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities

Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB)

Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) has responsibility for ensuring there are effective inter-agency procedures in place for dealing with allegations against people who work with children and for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of these procedures.

The local authority

The Local Authority has an appointed designated officer (LADO) who will:

  • Manage, oversee and monitor individual cases through to their final conclusion from all partner organisations
  • Provide advice, information and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations
  • Liaise with the police, Children’s Social Care, CPS and other organisations as needed
  • Ensure a consistent fair and thorough process for all adults working with children and young people against whom allegations are made
  • Maintain an information database in relation to all allegations and concerns
  • Produce qualitative and quantative management information reports
  • Where relevant, chair initial evaluation meetings and attend strategy meetings
  • Provide support and advice to senior managers

Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police has a senior officer to:

  • Have strategic oversight of the arrangements
  • Liaise with the NSCB
  • Ensure compliance within the organisation

Identify a designated officer to:

  • Liaise with the LADO
  • Take part in evaluation discussions
  • Review the progress of cases in which there is a police investigation
  • Share information as appropriate, on completion of an investigation or related prosecution

All employers of staff who work with children

All employers of staff who work with children must:

  • Have in place arrangements for handling allegations in accordance with these procedures
  • Nominate a senior officer who has overall strategic responsibility for ensuring that their organisation is implementing procedures
  • Identify a senior manager to whom allegations or concerns will be reported, and a deputy in their absence or if he or she is the subject of the allegation
  • In schools this will be the head teacher and the chair of governors in the event of an allegation against them.