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i was wondering if anybody would kindly help me. i have recently attended manageing allergations training. it has come to my attention that i should have a whistle blowing policy. could anybody help me to get started with this.

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click on this link and hopefully should work. I've not tried linking before in the new set up, but if this doesn't work it's a link to a discussion and sample policies Started by Alison, Nov 25 2010 08:40 PM, I searched in the top right box and it's called whistle blowing policy

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I created this guidance as was advised it is not a policy just a guidance for employees but whatever it exists and implemented and part of the induction process. We also implemented cards with the procedure on and contact numbers so if they leave the setting and have concerns they can still contact us.






Whistleblowing is raising a concern about malpractice within an organisation.



The policy provides individuals in the workplace with protection from victimisation or punishment where they raise a genuine concern about misconduct or malpractice in the organisation. The policy is underpinned by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which encourages people to raise concerns about misconduct or malpractice in the workplace, in order to promote good governance and accountability in the public interest. The Act covers behaviour, which amounts to:

  • A criminal offence
  • Failure to comply with any legal obligation
  • A miscarriage of justice
  • Danger to health and safety of an individual and/or environment
  • Deliberate concealment of information about any of the above.

Condition For Raising Concerns


The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 legislation and this policy offers protection only if the:

  • Internal disclosure is made in good faith and there is reasonable suspicion that the alleged malpractice has occurred is occurring or is likely to occur.
  • Disclosure to a Regulator (e.g. Ofsted and LSCB,) meets the above criteria and the member of staff concerned honestly and reasonably believes the allegations are substantially true.


For protection under the legislation external disclosure must also meet one or more of the

following conditions:

  • The employee believed s/he would be victimised if s/he raised the matter internally
  • There is no prescribed regulator and the employee believed the evidence would be concealed or destroyed
  • The concern had already been raised with the employer or regulator and had not been dealt with adequately or appropriately
  • The concern is of an exceptionally serious nature.

An employee or volunteer who, acting in good faith, wishes to raise such a concern should normally report the matter to the manager who will advise the employee or volunteer of the action that will be taken in response to the concerns expressed. Concerns should be investigated and resolved as quickly as possible with the support of the Local Authority Designated Officer if necessary.


If an employee or volunteer feels the matter cannot be discussed or resolved with the manager or the owner he or she should contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) or OFSTED on 0300 123 3155 for advice on what steps to follow.





Steps to take if concerned

If you are concerned about a colleagues practice then:

  • Speak to your Manager
  • If still not happy with the outcome contact the Head of Operations on ,,,,,,,,,,,,,. If the concern is regarding the Head of Ops then contact the Owner on
  • If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome contact your Local Authority Designated Officer on [telephone no]

A disclosure in good faith to the manager will be protected. Confidentiality will be maintained wherever possible and the employee or volunteer will not suffer any personal detriment as a result of raising any genuine concern about misconduct or malpractice within the organisation.

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To remove telephone number of Local Authority Designated Officer
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  • 2 years later...

I am currently updating policies, have decided that it is probably best to keep Behaviour Management and Health and Safety, so that we as a setting can explain to parents who have queries (back up)!! I am trying to amend the Whistle Blowing quite briefly any ideas which is the best template to follow? These are a necessary evil but still a frightmare!! Lucy in the Sky.

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