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Whistleblowing

This policy should be read in conjunction with the following documents:

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Code of Conduct (Staff) Policy

Introduction

The need to protect children from abuse is everyone’s responsibility.

  • In the event of a concern/allegation of abuse being raised against a member of staff the DSL (Headteacher) must be informed. The concern must be reported to Tameside safeguarding Team on the same day that the concern was reported
  • In the event of a concern/allegation of abuse being raised against the Deputy DSL (Deputy Headteacher) the DSL (Headteacher) must be informed. The concern must be reported to Tameside Safeguarding Team on the same day that the concern was reported by ringing 342 4101
  • In the event of a concern/allegation of abuse being raised against the DSL (Headteacher) the Deputy DSL (Deputy Headteacher) and Chair of Governors must be informed. The concern must be reported to Tameside Safeguarding Team on the same day that the concern was reported by ringing 342 4101 
  • In the event of a concern/allegation of abuse being made against the Chair of Governors the DSL (Headteacher) must be informed. The concern must be reported to Tameside Safeguarding Team on the same day that the concern was reported by ringing 342 4101 
  • In the event of a concern/allegation of abuse being raised against any other person (parent, visitor, contractor, volunteer, governor, other worker, student –any other person) the DSL (Headteacher) or Deputy DSL (deputy Headteacher) must be informed.

Confidentiality

From 1 October 2012, there are restrictions on the reporting or publishing of allegations against teachers, and so schools must make every effort to maintain confidentiality and guard against unwanted publicity. These restrictions apply up to the point where the accused person is charged with an offence, or the DfE/National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) publish information about an investigation or decision in a disciplinary case.

DBS Referral 

Trinity Christian School is commitment to report promptly to the DBS any person (whether employed, contracted, a volunteer or student) whose services are no longer used for regulated activity and the DBS referral criteria are met, that is, they have caused harm or posed a risk of harm to a child.

Ceasing to use a person’s services includes: dismissal; non-renewal of a fixed-term contract; no longer engaging/refusing to engage a supply teacher provided by an employment agency; terminating the placement of a student teacher or other trainee; no longer using staff employed by contractors; no longer using volunteers; resignation; and voluntary withdrawal from supply teaching, contract working, a course of initial teacher training, or volunteering. It is important that reports include as much evidence about the circumstances of the case as possible.

The DSL(s) should also consider making a referral to the NCTL where a teacher has been dismissed (or would have been dismissed had he/she not resigned) as a prohibition order may be appropriate.  The reasons such an order would be considered are: ‘unacceptable professional conduct’, ‘conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute’ or a ‘conviction, at any time, for a relevant offence’.

Advice about whether an allegation against a teacher is sufficiently serious to refer to the NCTL can be found in Teacher misconduct: the prohibition of teachers (October 2015). Further guidance is published on the NCTL website.    The NSPCC also offers a confidential Helpline on 02078252505  – staff can access this service should they feel that they need advice before whistleblowing to The Tameside Safeguarding Team on 342 4101

Staff at Trinity Christian school are being negligent in their professional duties if they fail to “whistle blow” in the event of a safe guarding issue being known. 

Law Relating To This Document

Employment Rights Act 1996

Public Interest Disclosures Act 1998

 

Revision Date: Spring 2019