What is a LADO or a DASM?
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is a statutory function. It has the full backing of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Children Board (SCB) to ensure that all agencies work effectively to safeguard children from neglect and abuse. The role is to oversee and manage allegations of abuse made against an adult who works or has regular contact with children whether in a paid or voluntary capacity or in public office.
The Designated Adult Safeguarding Manager (DASM) became a statutory role under the recent Care Act 2014 which places safeguarding adults on a statutory basis. It places a duty on all agencies to co-operate to protect adults with care and support needs from neglect or abuse from people in positions of trust (employee, volunteer or student paid or unpaid) and is endorsed by the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB)
The officers who fulfil both the LADO & DASM roles sit within the Safeguarding Standards Unit which aligns safeguarding multi-agency practice and procedures for all vulnerable people both adults and children.
The LADO bitesize guide is available HERE