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Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The LADO is responsible for managing all child protection allegations made against staff and volunteers who work with children and young people in Lewisham.
Are you worried about the safety or welfare of a child?

If you think a child or young person may be in immediate danger, call 999. Otherwise contact us on 020 8314 6660 or out of hours call 020 8314 6000.

Contact the LADO

You should make contact with the LADO when there is an allegation that a person who works with children or young people in connection to their voluntary or employment activities has:

  • possibly committed a criminal offence related to or against a child
  • behaved in a way that may have or has harmed a child
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that suggests they could pose a risk or harm to children
  • behaved in a way that suggests they might not be suitable to work with or volunteer with children

To make a referral to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), please email LewishamLADO@Lewisham.gov.uk

Named Lewisham LADO

Caroline Aitken
Local Authority Designated Officer
Lewisham Council 
Laurence House

Email: LewishamLADO@Lewisham.gov.uk
Phone: 020 8314 7280

If you are unable to contact the LADO directly please contact the MASH who will give advice and forward a message to the LADO. The MASH number is 020 8314 6660 and the email address is MashAgency@Lewisham.gov.uk.

The LADO referral form can be downloaded here: