Whistleblowing is a commonly used phrase, which means when someone makes a protected disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

The school’s model whistleblowing policy sets out guidelines to those staff or governors who feel they need to raise issues or concerns about malpractice in confidence.

Examples of malpractice include:

• a criminal offence e.g. manipulation of accounting records and finances, or inappropriate use of school assets or funds, child abuse
• a miscarriage of justice
• an act creating risk to health and safety
• an act causing damage to the environment
• a breach of any other legal obligation; or
• the deliberate concealment of any of the above matters

If a concern relates to a staff grievance around a personal situation then the appropriate avenue to raise the concern is via the schools Grievance Policy.

If advice or support is required in this area you should contact your school’s HR Business Advisor.

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