Importance Of Whistleblowing

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All practitioners and staff in a childcare or education setting should all be aware of the way in which suspected poor practice, concerns or any illegality can be reported.
It is important that those who are concerned about issues around safeguarding should be able to report them. This should be done confidentially and with no concerns for any repercussions toward the individual who reported the incident or those whose practice is being questions; the process is known as whistle-blowing.
All members of staff should feel that they are able to raise concerns without any fear or discrimination or victimisation as a result.

Whistleblowing is very different from a complaint or a grievance. The term ‘whistleblowing’ generally applies when you
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In general, employees who blow the whistle are legally protected under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PIDA) against being bullied, sacked or disciplined, if they have acted in good faith.

When working with children, their well-being is the paramount issue which outweighs the importance of good relationship with colleagues. A school’s whistle blowing policy will provide protection for those who feel the need to voice their concerns against their co-workers, on the basis of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

Acting upon our suspicions and blow the whistle when we experience malpractice and misconduct from our colleagues can be a frightening experience but we always have to keep in mind that the pupils’ well-being and safety might be affected by our co-workers’ dishonest actions. That is why law also protects the whistle blower and schools encourage staff to be sincere about any concerns.

All schools should have a whistleblowing policy that protects staff members who report colleagues they believe are doing something wrong or illegal, or who are neglecting their duties. The school whistleblowing policy has a key role to play in safeguarding

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