Whistle Blowing Policy

 

Employees are often the first to realise that there may be something seriously wrong within the school. However, they may not express their concerns because they feel that speaking up would be disloyal to their colleagues and the school. They may also fear harassment or victimisation. In these circumstances it may be easier to ignore the concern rather than report what may just be a suspicion of malpractice.

Eden School is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. In line with that commitment we expect employees, and others that we deal with, who have serious concerns about any aspect of the school’s work to come forward and voice those concerns. It is recognised that most cases will have to proceed on a confidential basis.

The policy document makes it clear that you can do so without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage. This Whistleblowing policy is intended to encourage and enable employees to raise serious concerns within the school rather than overlooking a problem or ‘blowing the whistle’ outside.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is designed to protect ‘whistleblowers’ from detriment and unfair dismissal. This policy applies to all employees and applies equally to those designated as casual, temporary, agency, authorised volunteers or work experience, Governors and those contractors working for the school, for example, agency staff, builders, drivers. It also covers suppliers and those providing services under a contract.

These procedures are in addition to the School’s complaints procedures and other statutory reporting procedures. Parents are also made aware of the existence of these procedures.

This policy has been discussed with staff and the recognised Trade Unions.