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Designated Officer

Working Together 2015 says that Local authorities should have designated a particular officer, or team of officers (either as part of multi-agency arrangements or otherwise), to be involved in the management and oversight of allegations against people that work with children. Any new appointments to such a role, other than current or former designated officers moving between local authorities, should be qualified social workers.

The Designated Officer (or team of officers) will provide advice and guidance on how to deal with allegations against people who work with children to employers and voluntary organisations; liaise with the police and other agencies to monitor the progress of cases and ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process.

This role can also be known as Local Authority Designated Officer.