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Whistle Blowing Policy
Definition Whistle blowing relates to all those who work with or within the setting, it gives individuals an opportunity to raise in confidence any issues or concerns they may have that relate to the organisation, it is not a grievance.  If the issue or concern affects your own personal circumstances then the settings grievance procedure should be followed. Statement of Intent At Caterpillars it is important that any fraud, misconduct or wrong doing by employees, volunteers, or people engaged in the organisations business, is reported and properly dealt with. We encourage all individuals to raise any concerns they have about the conduct of others in the setting, or how the setting is run.  We realise that effective and honest communication is essential for malpractice to be efficiently dealt with. Methods This policy is underpinned by The Public Interest Disclosure Act, which encourages people to raise concerns or malpractice in the workplace in order to promote good governance and accountability in the public interest and relates to: A criminal offence Failure to comply with legal obligations Miscarriages of justice Danger to the Health & Safety of an individual and/or the environment Deliberate concealment of information about any of the above Procedure In the first instance, concerns should be raised with your immediate line manager.  However this may not always be appropriate, in which case concerns should be raised with the Chairperson. Concerns are best raised in writing using the following steps: Identify -the bad practice, what is worrying you and why. Record – exactly what was witnessed giving names, dates, and places where possible and the reason why you are particularly concerned. Confide  Chairperson, Manager, Supervisor or Deputy Supervisor Investigate  All reports will be fully investigated and the whistleblower will be informed.  The member of staff will receive in writing, acknowledgement that the concern has been received ( within 10 days of being raised). The person against whom the allegation is made will be informed of the allegation and interviewed immediately.  Following an interview, if there is any potential substance to the allegation, they will be suspended on full pay pending further investigation.  Investigations will be in line with LSCB procedures and conducted in conjunction with the LSCB.  The correct procedure for reporting an allegation will be followed and Ofsted will be informed.  Confidential records will be kept of the allegation and of all subsequent proceedings. It is the responsibility of the Pre-School Manager to ensure that any reports are thoroughly investigated and findings are reported.  If the report actually relates to the Pre-School Manager, then Ofsted will be approached. If the employee feels victimised or does not believe that their concerns have been taken seriously, they can report it to Ofsted or consult a legal representative. Any malicious reports that are made by an employee will lead to disciplinary action.  Contact details for Ofsted Ofsted Whistleblowing Hotline:    0300 123 3155 Email:   whistleblowing@ofsted.gov.uk Address:   WBHL Ofsted Picadilly Gate Store Street Manchester M1 2WD   References to other relevant policies: Safeguarding Children & Child Protection, Confidentiality & Client Access to records, Information Sharing, Valuing Diversity & Promoting Equality , Achieving Positive Behaviour, The Role of the Key Person, Children’s Records Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Information This policy will be monitored and evaluated as per our rolling programme at staff meetings. It will be reviewed annually by the Chairperson in conjunction with the staff team and Committee unless new legislation or an incident occurs which requires an immediate review of the policy    This policy was adopted on: July 2017