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Whistle-blowing Policy

For those in the home-based childcare workforce, ‘whistle-blowing’ means raising or reporting concerns relating to the welfare or safety of children and young people.  Everyone who comes into contact with children and families in their everyday work has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

All childminders, their assistants, students on placement or volunteers have a responsibility to report abuse and malpractice to the relevant authorities, when it is suspected or if they have concerns regarding the way in which children are being cared for, no matter whom they will be reporting.  They should be watchful for any illegal, inappropriate or unethical conduct and should report anything of that nature that they become aware of if there is a failure to meet Ofsted standards of registration or welfare requirements of the EYFS.

If the concern is relating to a safeguarding issue, then the normal child protection flowchart procedures will be followed.

Advice can be sought via the NSPCC Helpline (0808 800 5000) or through PACEY’s Safeguarding Allegations and Complaints service, through which a referral can be made.  Any concerns I have will be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), Allison Francis. 

If the concern is relating to the Network Co-ordinator then concerns will be reported to:

Vicky Wright, Service Manager, PACEY, Department for People, Early Years Team, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER

Mobile number - 07734 734103

Email: vickywright@southend.gov.uk

Matters raised under this procedure will be investigated thoroughly, promptly and confidentially by Vicky Wright, and the outcome of the investigation will be reported back to the childminder.  Childminders will not be victimised for raising a matter under this procedure. 

If a childminder knowingly makes a malicious or false allegation against another childminder this will be dealt with by Vicky Wright.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to contact me.