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Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Our Values

In line with our One Coventry Values we strive to have a workforce that reflects our local communities and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds, applicants who have a disability and applicants who are from the LGBTQ+ community to apply for our senior leadership roles. 

Our Values are:

  • Open and fair: We are fair, open, and transparent.
  • Nurture and develop: We help and encourage everyone to be their best and do their best.
  • Engage and empower: We talk and listen to others, working together as one.
  • Create and innovate: We embrace new ways of working to continuously improve.
  • Own and be accountable: We work together to deliver the best services for our residents.
  • Value and respect: We put diversity and inclusion at the heart of all we do.

The Image “Our Values” is an image of text. It is a logotype for our One Coventry Values - Open and fair, Nurture and develop, Engage and empower, Create and innovate, Own and be accountable, Value and respect

About the team we are recruiting to

At Coventry City Council, we are embarking on an incredible journey to create a brighter future for Coventry's children. As a 'Good' Local Authority, we believe in pushing boundaries and delivering excellence for children and families. We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, is accepting of all and is free from discrimination and bias.

Our vision is clear, and our social workers are unwavering in their commitment to putting children and families at the centre of their practice.

Be part of our inspiring team, making a meaningful difference in the lives of Coventry's children. Together, let's create a nurturing environment where every child's potential can flourish.

What is the job role?

An opportunity has arisen for a LADO in Coventry City Council Children’s Services, to deliver the statutory functions of the Designated Officer role in line with Working Together 2018.

As the LADO, you will have responsibility for the management of allegations against people in a position of trust who work with children under 18 in a paid or voluntary capacity, you will also provide consultation, oversight and management of wider risk in the context of child safeguarding and extra familial harm including that relating to historical allegations and investigations. 

You will be required to chair allegations (Position of Trust) meetings and provide advice, guidance, support and challenge to employers, partner agencies and organisations regarding employees who face such allegations. 

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

In order to shape and deliver our services in an effective way, we want to ensure that we have employees from a range of different backgrounds, identities and different lived experiences so that we are able to meet the needs of all the communities that we serve.  

Our workforce data shows that men and people from minority ethnic backgrounds are under-represented at management level and encourage applicants from these backgrounds to apply.  This does not prevent individuals with or without other protected characteristics as set out within the Equality Act 2010 from applying for this post.  

You will be a qualified, accomplished and confident Social Worker with demonstrable recent in LADO or senior child safeguarding roles. You will have a proven ability to strategically manage risk and complex investigations whilst driving forward improvements in service delivery.

You will an inclusive leader who values diversity and promotes a culture of respect, collaboration and continuous improvement and who are committed to creating an environment where every individual feels valued and supported

You must be able to work with a level of professional responsibility and autonomy and be able to deal with complex situations that span child safeguarding, employment and HR processes. You will evidence that you can manage this in tandem with professional partners, regulatory and professional bodies.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Fiona Roche –

If you need help or support to complete your application, please visit our accessibility page to see how we can assist you.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme - As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role and identify with one of the below criteria:

  • Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
  • Are currently in care or have previously been in care
  • If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'. If there is any evidence of a candidate using AI to complete their application, then the application will be rejected unless the candidate can provide a justification which the Council considers to be reasonable.

Interview date(s): 29th July 2024

About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 5100 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit

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