Whistle blowing is raising a concern about malpractice within an organisation.
Making a disclosure in the public interest (whistle blowing) is essential for keeping children safe in the setting and to ensure good quality practice across the setting. We are committed to safeguarding the children in our care and supporting the staff to feel confident to raise any concerns they may have about the setting or practice at the setting.
We are committed to delivering a high quality service, promoting accountability and maintaining public confidence. This policy provides individuals in the workplace with protection from victimisation or punishment when they raise a genuine concern about misconduct or malpractice in the setting.
The policy is underpinned by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which encourages people to raise concerns about misconduct or malpractice in the workplace, in order to promote good governance and accountability in the public interest.
The act covers behaviour which amounts to;
. A criminal offence
. Failure to comply with any legal obligation
. A miscarriage of justice
. Danger to health and safety of an individual and/or environment
. Bullying, humiliation, discrimination, poor practice, unsafe practice, abuse or neglect
. Deliberate concealment of information about any of the above
If any issue is raised which suggests a child may be at risk of significant harm this will be managed through our Safeguarding procedure.
It is not intended that this policy be a substitute for, or an alternative to the settings formal complaints procedure. It is designed to nurture a culture of openness and transparency within the setting, which makes it safe and acceptable for employees and volunteers to raise, in good faith, a concern they may have about malpractice and misconduct.
An employee or volunteer who, acting in good faith, wishes to raise such a concern should normally report the matter to their supervisor or manager. This conversation will be recorded, read & signed by both parties.
The matter will then be investigated. This may include the involvement of outside agencies such as the Local Authority Designated Officer. You will be kept informed of time scales & the outcome of any investigation
Concerns should be investigated and resolves as quickly as possible. If an employee or volunteer feels that the matter cannot be discussed with the managers then Ofsted should be contacted by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0300 123 1231.
OTHER IMPORTANT CONTACTS
First Contact team: 01702 215007/01702 534495/01702 534496
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) – 01702 534539
Local Safeguarding children’s Board: 01702 215007
A disclosure in good faith to the manager will be protected. Confidentiality will be maintained wherever possible and the employee or volunteer will not suffer any personal detriment as a result of raising any genuine concern about misconduct or malpractice within the setting.
Any fabricated or malicious allegations will be dealt with through our disciplinary procedure.