In this video, specialist safeguarding consultant, Andrew Hall talks about whistleblowing and how this fits into safeguarding children and young people.
What is whistleblowing?
The term ‘whistleblowing’ is sometimes confused with the need to report safeguarding or professional concerns about another member of staff or adult in the school. Concerns about staff behaviour should always be taken to the headteacher (or to the Chair of Governors if it is about the Head). Whistleblowing is about systemic or procedural failures and is not only confined to issues about staff conduct.
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) says, ‘organisations should have…clear whistleblowing procedures, which reflect the principles in Sir Robert Francis’s Freedom to Speak Up review and are suitably referenced in staff training and codes of conduct, and a culture that enables issues about safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children to be addressed’.
The Freedom To Speak Up review was undertaken as a result of poor care practices at the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital in the late-2000s. Sir Robert Francis’ report outlines twenty principles which have now been used to support improved practice in other organisations. Working Together applies the ‘Francis’ report principles to schools.
Safeguarding.Pro members can download a PowerPoint presentation and a handout to help staff understand whistleblowing and why it is important to their role.