Whistleblowing Policy

Whistleblowing Policy 

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All staff should be aware of the school’s child protection/safeguarding procedures, including procedures for dealing with allegations against staff. Staff must acknowledge their individual responsibility to bring matters of concern to the attention of senior leaders and/or relevant agencies. Although this can be difficult this is particularly important where the welfare of children may be at risk.

You may be the first to recognise that something is wrong but may not feel able to express your concerns out of a feeling that this would be disloyal to colleagues or you may fear harassment or victimisation. These feelings, however natural, must never result in a child or young person continuing to be unnecessarily at risk. Remember it is often the most vulnerable children or young person who are targeted. These children need someone like you to safeguard their welfare.

Don’t think what if I’m wrong – think what if I’m right

Reasons for whistle blowing:

• Each individual has a responsibility for raising concerns about unacceptable practice or behaviour.
• To protect all children from harm or wrongdoing
• To prevent the problem worsening or widening.
• To protect or reduce risks to others.
• To prevent becoming implicated yourself.

What stops people from whistle blowing:

• Starting a chain of events which spirals.
• Disrupting the work or project.
• Fear of getting it wrong.
• Fear of repercussions or damaging careers.
• Fear of not being believed.

Concerns about any of the following should be reported to the Designated Officer for Child Protection (DSP):

• physical abuse of a pupil/student
• sexual abuse of a pupil/student
• emotional abuse of a pupil/student
• neglect of a pupil/student
• an intimate or improper relationship between an adult and a pupil/student
• failure of staff to report any safeguarding concerns about a pupil
• concerns in relation to the Prevent Duty and the protection of children from radicalisation

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