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Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure

 

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Whistle Blowing Policy and Procedure.

Statement of intent
It is our intention that staff, volunteers and students working at Puffins Pre-school feel confident about coming forward and reporting any issues/concerns that they may have regarding the areas documented below, whilst remaining protected from any subsequent discrimination.
Aim
• Ensure staff understand their responsibilities and feel confident in raising and reporting a serious concern at the earliest opportunity 
• Provide avenues for staff to raise concerns and receive feedback on any action taken 
• Ensure that staff receive a response to their concerns and that they are aware of how to pursue them if they are not satisfied 
• Reassure staff that they will be protected from possible reprisals or victimisation if they have made any disclosures in good faith 
Any concerns can be reported without this leading to any harassment or victimisation, and every effort will be made to keep both the concern and the member of staff’s identity confidential
What should be reported?
• The inappropriate treatment or care of a child 
• Any breach in the behaviour of manager, staff, student or volunteer 
• Discrimination of any kind 
• Concerns that could impact on the health and safety of the children or adults 
Methods
• a concern can be initially raised by any staff member to their Play leader and/or the Manager or Committee chair. 
• Discuss the nature of the concern together with the background, history of the concern and provide the relevant dates of incidents
• A distinction will be made as to whether the concern is a complaint, grievance or a whistleblowing concern. 
• There is no expectation that staff prove beyond doubt the truth of their suspicion; however they will need to demonstrate that they are acting in good faith and there are reasonable grounds for their concern. 
• All employees will be treated fairly. 
Concerns will be dealt with in the following way:
• Initial enquiries will be made to decide whether an investigation is appropriate and if so what form it should take. 
• The incident will be investigated by the Play leader and/or the Manager, Committee and/or Ofsted.
• If appropriate it will be referred and put through established Safeguarding children procedures and may form the subject of an independent inquiry 
• Within ten working days of a concern being raised, the member of staff will receive in writing: 
• Acknowledgment that the concern has been received 
• An indication as to how the Pre-school Learning Alliance will proceed to deal with the matter 
• Supply the member of staff with information on staff support mechanisms 
• Inform the member of staff concerned as to whether any further investigation will take place and if not, why not.

Who to contact
To raise concerns about failures in practices and procedures for the safeguarding of children in early years settings in Devon, the member of staff , volunteer or student should contact.
• MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) 0345 155 1071. 
• Email mashsecure@devongcsx.gov.uk
• Ofsted – Whistleblowing hotline – 0300 123 3155 (Monday – Friday from 8am to 6pm). Email whistleblowing@ofsted.gov.uk . By post to WBHL, Ofsted, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street. Manchester. M1 2WD.
• Link to NSPPC website and info - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/news-opinion/new-whistleblowing-advice-line-professionals/
The hotline can be used by anybody who has a whistleblowing concern about services or practice in any local authority, or in a care or educational setting regulated and inspected by Ofsted.
It may be necessary for the Pre-school Learning Alliance to interview staff to ensure that their disclosure is fully understood. Any meeting can be arranged away from the workplace, if so wished, and a representative or a friend may accompany the involved member of staff for support.
If there are any difficulties experienced as a result of raising a concern, support will be offered.
Staff will be kept informed, of the progress and outcome of any investigation to assure that any disclosure has been properly addressed unless legal reasons determine otherwise
Confidentiality – will be maintained and every effort will be made not to reveal a member of staff’s identity if they so wish. If however a member of staff makes an allegation frivolously maliciously or for personal gain, appropriate action, that could include disciplinary action, may be taken.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 seeks to protect employees from discrimination as a result of ‘blowing the whistle’ on their organisation, or individuals within it, through amendments to employment law. 
This policy was adopted at a meeting of Puffins.
Pre-school held on…………………………
Date to be reviewed ………………………
Signed on behalf of the pre-school Committee ………………………………….. (Chairperson)

 

 

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