Policy adopted on Signed on behalf of Falcon British Nursery Policy to be used by: Date for review
19-7-14 Amelia J Brown Principal, Deputy, SENCO, Team leaders, Teaching Staff, Staff 19-7-15
1-8-16 Amelia J Brown Principal, Deputy, SENCO, Team leaders, Teaching Staff, Staff 1-8-18

Whilst we expect all our colleagues, both internal and external, to be professional at all times and hold the welfare and safety of every child as their paramount objective, there may be occasions where this may not be happening.

It is vital that all team members talk through any concerns they may have with their line manager at the earliest opportunity to enable any problems to be resolved as soon as they arise.

Legal Framework

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, commonly referred to as the ‘Whistleblowing Act’, amended the Employment Rights Act 1996 to provide protection for employees who raise legitimate concerns about specified matters. These are called ‘qualifying disclosures’.

Staff are required to disclose:

  • A criminal offence
  • 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
  • Concealment of any of the above
  • Any other unethical conduct
  • Is being, has been, or is likely to be, committed.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act has the following rules for making a protected disclosure:

  • You must believe it to be substantially true
  • You must not act maliciously or make false allegations
  • You must not seek any personal gain.

It is not necessary for the employee to have proof that such an act is being, has been, or is likely to be, committed; a reasonable belief is sufficient.

Disclosure of information

If, in the course of your employment, you become aware of information which you reasonably believe indicates that a child is/may be or is likely to be in risk of danger and/or one or more of the following may be happening, you MUST use the nursery’s disclosure procedure set out below:

  • That a criminal offence has been committed or is being committed or is likely to be committed
  • That a person has failed, is failing or is likely to fail to comply with any legal obligation to which they are subject (e.g. EYFS)
  • That a miscarriage of justice has occurred, is occurring, or is likely to occur
  • That the health or safety of any individual has been, is being, or is likely to be endangered
  • That the environment, has been, is being, or is likely to be damaged
  • That information tending to show any of the above, has been, is being, or is likely to be deliberately concealed.

Disclosure procedure

  • If this information relates to child safeguarding, the nursery child safeguarding policy should be followed, with particular reference to the staff and volunteering section
  • Where you reasonably believe one or more of the above circumstances listed above has occurred you should promptly disclose this to your HR manager so that any appropriate action can be taken. If it is inappropriate to make such a disclosure to your line manager, then the hotline email for quality control can be used – [email protected]
  • Employees will suffer no detriment of any sort for making such a disclosure in accordance with this procedure.
  • Any disclosure or concerns raised will be treated seriously and will be dealt with in a consistent and confidential manner and will be followed through in a detailed and thorough manner
  • Any employee who is involved in victimising employees who make a disclosure, takes any action to deter employees from disclosing information or makes malicious allegations in bad faith will be subject to potential disciplinary action which may result in dismissal
  • Failure to report serious matters can also be investigated and potentially lead to persecution under the Child Rights Law 2016 and disciplinary action which may result in dismissal
  • Any line manager who inappropriately deals with a whistleblowing issue (e.g. failing to react appropriately by not taking action in a timely manner or disclosing confidential information) may be deemed to have engaged in gross misconduct which could lead to dismissal
  • All staff members have the phone number of the principal, deputy and the HR manager should they need to discuss issues related to the above