DO YOU KNOW WHAT LADO STANDS FOR?
On Wednesday 18th October Cornwall Sports Partnership jointly hosted with Cornwall Council the inaugural 'Cornwall Safeguarding in Sport Seminar'. Held at the Cornwall Football Association offices in Bodmin the seminars main purpose was to raise awareness of the role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within sport.
So there is your answer, LADO stands for Local Authority Designated Officer. Their role is to manage and coordinate investigations into allegations of abuse and neglect against a child made by a person who works or volunteers with children.
The seminar focused on this and the advice and guidance they can provide for the world of sport. This includes looking at poor practice verses the
intention or recklessness to cause harm as well as promoting the preventative agenda and sharing common themes in sport and physical activity.
Cornwall's LADO Annabel Timmins commented 'I thought the response from all the delegates was so positive and discussions regarding the case
scenarios really evidenced the understanding of the safeguarding agenda within sport. It was a really useful seminar for me and I feel confident that the aim of reducing opportunities for offenders within sport and promoting the LADO service was achieved.'
The seminar also included national representation from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) with Senior Consultant Michelle North in attendance. Michelle confirmed the role of the CPSU to support sports clubs and organisations across Cornwall to lead the way in keeping children safe from harm.
Michelle North said 'It was great to be involved in the Cornwall Safeguarding in Sport Seminar. To bring a network of organisations together to develop and strengthen the links between sport and the statutory sector will begin to ensure children and young people can take part and enjoy sport in a safe environment across Cornwall.'
Representatives attended the day from a number of different sports including Football, Rugby, Bowls and Surf Life Saving and from different sectors involved in the delivery of sport including the outdoors, leisure, both primary, secondary and university level education and school competition.
The attendees all agreed to help raise the awareness of the LADO role and become advocates for Safeguarding in Sport. If you wish to join them and be involved in making sport in Cornwall a safer place for children then please get in touch with the Cornwall Sports Partnership on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01872 323344.
Watch this space for future Safeguarding in Sport Seminars in Cornwall and register your interest through the contact details above.
If you have concerns about a professional working with a child you need to contact your Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01872 326536.