LADO - Local Authority Designated Officer

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Salary up to £52,176 inclusive of market premia
Location: Chatham, Kent
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 10/06/2020 at 23:55 PM
Reference: CSC016RJ

Following additional investment in Children’s Social Care we are seeking two experienced LADOs to join our Children’s Quality Assurance team. 

It is an exciting and innovative time to be joining Medway.  We are currently supporting and investing in our staff to become a Signs of Safety Authority this will facilitate practice development to better support the children, young people and families in Medway.  We are therefore looking for qualified and experienced practitioners whom are passionate about social work practice to work in Medway at the beginning of this exciting journey.

Reporting to the LADO and Education Safeguarding Manager, the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) will deliver the statutory functions of the Designated Officer including the management and oversight of allegations against people who work with children. You will be required to chair allegation management meetings and provide advice, guidance, support and challenge to employers, voluntary agencies and organisations regarding an employee or volunteer who is subject to an allegation. The LADO will ensure that effective mechanisms are in place to progress allegations in a clear, timely and appropriate manner so that children and young people are supported and protected from harm.

The LADO role is part of the Medway Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Service. We are committed to creating a culture of continuous learning and development within Medway Children’s Services. 

If you are passionate and committed to improving the lives and opportunities of children and young people then we would like to hear from you. 

In return we offer – 

  • Retention payment of £3000 per annum, payable after 1 years’ service with Medway
  • Essential User Allowance with option to transfer to Lease Car following probation
  • Relocation Scheme up to £8,000
  • Access to our award winning social care academy
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers

To view our full range of employment benefits please click here

Our organisation:  

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula. 

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London. 

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after educationenvironmentsocial carehousingplanningbusiness and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively. 

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in. 

If you wish to have an informal discussion about the role please contact Maisie Adkins, on 01634 336204 


Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email. 

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date. 

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