Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Social Care
£38 to £40 Per Hour
Contract Type:

Evergood Social Care are currently recruiting for a qualified and experiencedLocal Authority Designated Officer (LADO) based in Kent.

To support the Senior Local Authority Designated Officer by investigating and managing allegations against people who work in paid employment or who are in voluntary work with children and young people either in a paid or voluntary capacity across the Authority

To contribute to the operation of a LADO professional consultation service, providing advice and information to staff within the Council and partner agencies and organisations regarding allegations management and safe employment in order to maximise the safety and welfare of children and young people.

To ensure that the child or young person’s voice is heard and that they and their family are appropriately participate participant in the investigative process relating to allegations management and that the child or young person’s interests are paramount.

To ensure that investigations and associated actions to protect a child or young person are implemented in a timely manner.

Under the direction of the Senior LADO, to implement robust performance management systems to enable tracking of allegations and provide regular reports to senior management team and council Safeguarding Children Board as required.

To contribute to training and awareness raising for staff across all agencies and organisations in Medway on allegations management and safe workforce issues.


• HCPC registered
• Current, Enhanced DBS disclosure
• Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent, recognised by HCPC (25% weighting)

• Hold a Full Practice Educator qualification or demonstrate a willingness to achieve this
• Recognised post-qualification in Social Work 


• Demonstrable experience and ability to manage complex casework
• Extensive, demonstrable experience of working as a qualified social worker within frontline child protection and safeguarding work (20% weighting)
• Considerable knowledge and experience in the application of relevant legislation, statutory guidance, standards and procedures relating to child protection and safeguarding children (15% weighting)
• Experience of working within National Policies and developments relating to Children’s Social Care, policy areas and the impact on children and their family/carers
• Demonstrable experience of working with senior management colleagues from other agencies in relation to managing issues relating to safeguarding children

• Full UK Driving Licence (valid for use in the UK) and access to a vehicle
• ICT skills to include Microsoft Office, Word and Excel
• Demonstrate the ability to undertake direct work with children and their families and carers using a range of evidence based models
• Demonstrate the ability to apply and effectively use theoretical frameworks and research evidence
• Demonstrate the ability to apply statutory requirements and guidance, local procedures and standards as they apply to children and their families and carers
• Demonstrate effective assessment and management of risk and the development of management plans for both own caseload and other team colleagues’ in order to safeguard children (10% weighting)
• Ability to speak confidently and effectively at public meetings
• Demonstrable ability to use advanced theoretical / practical / procedural / organisational / policy knowledge across a specialist area and has detailed knowledge of organisational policies, practices or procedures
• Demonstrable ability to analyse and interpret very varied and highly complex information and develop strategies and solutions for long term plans
• Demonstrable ability to use highly developed communication skills to confidently present complex/sensitive information in an understandable way, adapting the style to a range of audiences (5% weighting)
• Demonstrable ability to carry out tasks which impact on the well being of people, including assessing needs, implementing care/welfare, implementing regulations, providing guidance on internal procedures and interpreting policies and procedures to meet specific circumstances or problems 

Personal Qualities

• Demonstrate sound professional judgments and be accountable for their actions
• Demonstrate the ability to engage effectively with children and their families and carers (12% weighting)
• Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain effective professional relationships with other professionals and organisations
• Demonstrable ability to work independently within clear guidelines and regularly use initiative to make decisions, referring to more senior officers for advice on policy/resource issues (10% weighting)
• Demonstrable ability to supervise, co-ordinate and train other employees where required and can provide information and advice on internal procedures related to employees

Evergood Associates offer unbeatable benefits package, and if you are aware of a friend or colleague that maybe interested in this vacancy or available to work please contact us to pass on their details and receive a £150 Evergood referral bonus.

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