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The Designated Officer (formerly known as the Local Authority Designated Officer or LADO) should be informed of all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child;
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against children, or related to a child; or
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children, for example if their conduct falls within any of these categories of abuse:
    • Physical
    • Emotional
    • Sexual
    • Neglect

Allegations made against workers who are paid, unpaid, volunteer, agency, casual and self-employed as well as foster carers, and adoptive parents of children on Placement Orders should all be reported to the Designated Officer. This should be done within 24 hours of the incident.


Should you need to discuss a case with a Designated Officer, please contact us on the numbers below or alternatively, please complete consultation form here. For urgent child safeguarding matters please contract MASH directly on 0300 126 7000.

You can e-mail your query to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a Designated Officer will get back to you as soon as they are able to.


You can contact the Designated Officer for North Northamptonshire, Sheila Kempster on 07831 123193 or for West Northamptonshire, Andy Smith on 07850 854309.

Please contact LADO on Monday – Friday between 14:00 – 17:00. If you are unable to get through, please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as they can. Alternatively, you can leave a message via voicemail on 01604 362993.


Designated Officer (formerly LADO) - Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (northamptonshirescb.org.uk)