Frequently asked questions

If you have been informed that an allegation has been made against you and the LADO has been notified, this is what you can expect to happen.

A discussion will take place about the allegation with your employer or a named person responsible. Within this discussion any potential risks to children and young people will be considered and immediate plans may be made around managing the risks, and ensuring that you have or are signposted to appropriate support.  It might be agreed at this stage to hold an Allegations Management Meeting or it could be agreed that the allegation will be managed within the organisation with the expectation that there will be regular updates and discussions with the LADO.

 

What is an Allegations Management Meeting?

A forum where relevant professionals are invited to contribute to a discussion around the allegation and consider the risks associated with this.  Following the discussion a plan will be formulated with agreed actions including the named person responsible for sharing the outcome of the meeting with you.

 

Can I attend this meeting?

If you are subject to the allegation you would not be invited to the allegations meeting but a manager or named person from your service will be nominated to attend and they can share your views.

 

How do I find out what happened at the meeting?

Within the meeting professionals will be invited by the chair (LADO) to give their professional view regarding the allegation the following categories are used in this meeting:

  • Substantiated: There is evidence to prove the allegation therefore it is upheld.
  • Unsubstantiated: Insufficient evidence to prove or disprove the allegation therefore it is inconclusive.
  • Unfounded (including malicious): No evidence to support the allegation or there is evidence to suggest it is not true, e.g. the professional was not in the same room, does not work with the young person.

 

It may be decided that a reconvened meeting is necessary to follow up any agreed actions. You can expect to be updated about the outcome of any Allegation Management Meetings you may be subject to. This would usually be the responsibility of your employer or named person.


Where will this information be stored?

Leeds City Council holds a central database where information is recorded and the outcomes of any involvement with the LADO service.  This will be stored until the professional has reached normal pension age or 10 years after the allegation.