Key Content: Whistle-Blowing Policy

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  • Key Content: Whistle -Blowing Policy
    • Allows staff to report other staff who are behaving inappropriately in the course of their work and in doing so can protect vulnerable service users
    • Acts as a deterrent - staff know inappropriate behaviour may be reported and risk losing their job and so this helps to promote high standards of care
    • Standard of care delivered to clients is likely to be higher as poor care could result in whistle blowing
      • Helps to eliminate bad practice and poor practitioners and so clients are much more likely to experience appropriate care and treatment
    • Provides clear procedures for addressing problems such as poor practice
      • Staff are therefore more confident to challenge inappropriate behaviour by others, even those more senior to them, as they know that their concerns made in 'good faith' will be addressed
    • Whistle blowers are protected by confidentiality procedures, and therefore are more likely to report bad practice as they do not fear repercussions in the workplace
    • Creates a legal obligation for staff to report malpractice so people with learning disabilities are protected from it
    • Provides a route for disciplinary action against those guilty of misconduct  so they can be dismissed from their job/struck off register


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