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Do schools need a whistleblower policy?

Do schools need a whistleblower policy?

Every school maintained by the local authority should have a whistleblowing procedure. Whistleblowing procedures protect staff members who report colleagues they believe are doing something wrong or illegal, or who are neglecting their duties.

What is whistleblowing in primary schools?

Whistleblowing is the disclosure of information which relates to suspected wrongdoing or dangers at work. This may include: Criminal activity. Child protection and/or safeguarding concerns (See note at the end of this policy) Breach of the school’s internal policies and procedures including its Code of Conduct.

What is a whistleblowing policy in schools?

Whistleblowing in schools facilitates the detection of fraud and misconduct. This protects students and staff alike and should be encouraged. Whistleblowing is where workers report wrongdoing at work, in order to protect the public.

What is the whistleblowing policy UK?

Whistleblowing law is located in the Employment Rights Act 1996 (as amended by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998). It provides the right for a worker to take a case to an employment tribunal if they have been victimised at work or they have lost their job because they have ‘blown the whistle’.

Can a whistleblower remain anonymous UK?

You can tell your employer or a prescribed person anonymously but they may not be able to take the claim further if you have not provided all the information they need. You can give your name but request confidentiality – the person or body you tell should make every effort to protect your identity.

What is the aim of whistleblowing policy?

In this policy ‘Whistleblowing’ means the reporting by employees of suspected misconduct, illegal acts or failure to act within the Council. The aim of this Policy is to encourage employees and others who have serious concerns about any aspect of the Council’s work to come forward and voice those concerns.

How do you Whistleblow a school?

You can contact a more senior member of staff at your school, local authority, Trust or organisation you have notified. In addition you can contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), the whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work or Edapt for more support.

What are the 3 steps in the whistle blowing process?

What are the three steps in the whistleblowing process?

  1. Step 1 – Get Evidence. This is the most important step in your whistleblower claim.
  2. Step 2 – Presenting the Evidence.
  3. Step 3 – Government Investigation.
  4. Step 4 – The Decision.

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