This policy sets out the principles that enable staff to raise concerns about a danger, risk, malpractice or wrongdoing that affects others, without fear of adverse consequences such as harassment or victimisation.
The Governors of the school are committed to the highest standards of openness, probity and accountability. In line with that commitment, the Governors of the school encourage employees, who have serious and legitimate concerns about any aspect of the school’s work, to come forward and voice those concerns through accessible channels rather than overlooking the issues or discussing them externally. Making a disclosure under this policy will enable the school to address any risks as early as possible
It is recognised that certain cases will have to proceed on a confidential basis. This policy sets out the principles that enable staff to raise concerns about a danger, risk, malpractice or wrongdoing that affects others, without fear of adverse consequences.
In addition, the policy provides a means for staff to raise a concern under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which provides them with a certain level of legal protection if they wish to raise legitimate concerns in the public interest.
Aims and Scope of the Policy
provide avenues for staff to raise concerns and receive feedback on any action taken
allows staff to take the matter further if they are dissatisfied with the school’s response
reassure staff that they will be protected from reprisals or victimisation for whistleblowing in the public interest.
The full policy is available below.