Working With Other Agencies

Social Care

Social Workers have a central role within the local authorities duty to promote, support and safeguard the wellbeing of all children in their area, and, insofar as is consistent with that duty, to promote the upbringing of children by their families by providing a range and level of services appropriate to children’s wellbeing needs. 

The Local Authority has a duty to make enquiries under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 if they “have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm”. This investigation is carried out by a social worker and at times a joint assessment takes place with other professionals such as Police.  

School can discuss concerns with duty social workers in the Children’s Hub for further advice and support. 

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

If there are allegations against a member of staff, these must be reported immediately to the Headteacher. Where necessary, the LADO must be contacted as soon as possible or within one working day in respect 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 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. 

The LADO for Venerable Bede CE Academy is Together for Children

All new referrals must be made via email by completing the referral form below and returning it to

Please note, the below form should only be used when there is a concern about person who works or volunteers with children within the Sunderland area


 The LADO is responsible for: 

  • Providing advice, information and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations around allegations and concerns regarding paid and unpaid workers. 
  • Managing and overseeing individual cases from all partner agencies. 
  • Ensuring the child’s voice is heard and that they are safeguarded. 
  • Ensuring there is a consistent, fair and thorough process for all adults working with children and young people against whom an allegation is made. 
  • Monitoring the progress of cases to ensure they are dealt with as quickly as possible. 
  • Recommending a referral and chairing the strategy meeting in cases where the allegation requires investigation by police and/or social care.