This is where a childcare professional behaves in a manner in their private lives that would make them unsuitable to work with children. Within the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) service in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area , over half of the cases investigated, from consultations or referrals received during the 2019 to 2021 period, have been referred because of this type of behaviour .
When the police are involved in a situation that requires intervention, they will contact the LADO service directly, sharing the information by way of a Public Protection Notice (PPN).
Examples of these concerns are criminal misuse of substances or alcohol, criminal acts of dishonesty, violence against a person, sexual assaults, or internet crime.
In the past year the COVID situation has led to a dramatic increase in situations involving private life crises.