Whistleblowing

Standards and Regulations

Fostering Services National Minimum Standards (England) 2011:

Training, Support and Development Standards for Foster Care:

See also: Complaints by and for Children.

NSPCC - Whistleblowing Advice Line.


Whistleblowing is intended to cover concerns that fall outside of issues dealt with under the Complaints Procedure.

Definition:
Whistleblowing is when someone passes on information, which they reasonably believe shows wrongdoing or a cover-up by that organisation. For example, the information may be about activity that is illegal or that creates risks to the health and safety of others. The concern may relate to something that has happened, is happening or that a person may fear will happen in the future.

You should inform your Supervising Social Worker if you have any serious concerns or come across any wrongdoing.

If the concern is about your Supervising Social Worker, you should speak to a manager within the fostering service.

The decision to report a concern can be a difficult one to make, not least because of the fear of reprisal. Harassment, bullying or victimisation of a “Whistleblower” will not be tolerated.

You should raise concerns confidentially or openly and without fear of any comeback.

You should record your concerns giving names, dates and places where possible, and the reason why you are concerned. If you do not feel able to do this, the member of staff you speak to will make a written record of their conversation. Concern should be expressed as soon as possible.

The concern could be about something that:

  • Is unlawful or illegal; or
  • Is a miscarriage of justice; or
  • Against the organisations policies
  • Falls below established standards or practice; or
  • Amounts to improper conduct; or
  • Endangers the health and safety of any person; or
  • Attempts to conceal any of the above.

The issue will be looked into and either an internal enquiry of formal investigation will take place. You will be informed of the outcome. If you are not happy with the outcome or response you have received, you will be informed in writing of what other avenues of redress remain available to you. Please visit our website for more information about our complaints process.

If you raise concerns which are found to be malicious, a review of you approval may happen.

Concerns which come under another procedure e.g. Child Protection will normally be referred and dealt with under the Local Safeguarding Children Procedures.