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Managing allegations

If your organisation receives an allegation of abuse against an adult working for your organisation, either in a paid or unpaid capacity, you have a responsibility to report this.

How do I report an allegation?

If you are concerned you should contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who will provide advice and guidance. The LADO is responsible for co-ordinating a response to concerns about adults who work with children.

If you need to contact Devon’s LADO, please consider all guidance first. If you believe the concern meets the remit of the LADO service, please complete the notification form or telephone 01392 384964 or email for a notification form.

For further details on the process for reporting allegations please see South West Child Protection Procedures.

LADO Annual Reports


If you are concerned that a child is being abused, or to request support, you can:

Call 0345 155 1071

Complete the request for support online form

If it’s an emergency call 999