The document defines whistleblowing as:
“…someone who works in or for an organisation [who] wishes to raise concerns about malpractice, wrongdoing, illegality or risk in the organisation (for example, crimes, civil offences, miscarriages of justice, dangers to health and safety)”.
The Whistleblowing Act (also known as The Public Interest Disclosure Act of 1998) encourages those working in child-centred workplaces to promote accountability and self-regulation. Where there is genuine concern about child safeguarding, the Act promotes public interest by providing a service that protects the worker who raises honest concern against reprisals from their workplace. Differing from a personal complaint or a grievance, whistleblowing generally applies when there is no vested interest and a person is acting as a witness to misconduct or malpractice they have observed. If you do find that you have genuine concerns regarding child safety, you should decide whether the matter is an emergency. If the danger surrounding a child is imminent, it is best to directly contact your local authority’s children’s services or the police straight away. It is important to remember any details that may be needed at a later date.
In the situation where the danger is less imminent, you may contact the Whistle-blower Hotline. (0300 123 3155). They will need to know whether you have already raised your concern internally and whether there was any action taken. Once the hotline attendant has gathered as much information as possible they will forward the record onto specially trained staff to determine whether Ofsted is able to take action on your behalf.
When your concern is being dealt with by Ofsted, they will categorise into one of the following:
• Category 1:
• Category 2:
Responding to a concern
Rights and responsibilities of the whistle-blower
Whistleblowing Hotline 0300- 123 -3155
Single Point of Entry (Safeguarding Children Board) Tel: 020 8379 2507
Open hrs. (Mon- Friday 9am-5pm)
Out of office hours call: 0208- 379 -1000 (select option)
Ofsted: 0300 -123 -1231
PCAW (Public Concern at Work): 0207-404- 6609:
This policy was adopted by: Blue Bears Playscheme: 03/04/17