2.3

Whistleblowing

Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Suitable People


Providers must ensure that people looking after children are suitable to fulfil the requirements of their roles.

Sparklers Pre-School is a Charity committed to delivering a high quality of service, promoting organisational accountability and maintaining public confidence.

This policy provides individuals in the workplace with protection from victimisation or punishment where they raise a genuine concern about misconduct or malpractice in the organisation. The policy was 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 behavior, 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

  • Deliberate concealment of information about any of the above.


It is not intended that this policy be a substitute for, or an alternative to the group’s formal Grievance Procedure, but is designed to nurture a culture of openness and transparency within the Pre-School, which makes it safe and acceptable for employees and volunteers to raise, in good faith, a concern they may have about misconduct or malpractice. Each individual has a responsibility to raise a concern in order to prevent the problem from happening or worsening. Not doing so may put a child, young person or employee unnecessarily at risk – Don’t think ‘What if I’m wrong?’ BUT ‘What if I’m right?’!

An employee or volunteer, who, acting in good faith, wishes to raise such a concern should normally report the matter to the Pre-School Supervisor who will advise the employee or volunteer of the action that will be taken in response to the concerns expressed. Concerns should be investigated and resolved as quickly as possible.

If an employee or volunteer feels that the matter cannot be discussed with the Supervisor or the Deputy Supervisor they can consult the Chair of the Committee. Once all the internal procedures have been exhausted then he or she can contact the Early Years Consultant or Ofsted for advice on what steps to follow.

Staff/volunteers know they can contact the organization Public Concern at Work for advice relating to whistleblowing; if they feel that the organization has not acted adequately in relation to safeguarding they can contact the NSPCC whistleblowing helpline on 0800 028 0285 or by email help@nspcc.org.uk


A disclosure in good faith to the Supervisor 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 Pre-School.

This Policy was adopted by Sparklers Pre-School

Signatory:

Lynn Mcmahon

Role of Signatory:

Pre-School Supervisor

Issue Date:

Under Review

Next Review Date:

Under Review

This Policy was approved by Sparklers Pre-School Committee

Signatory:

Role of Signatory:

 
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