This policy reflects the Trust's Board of Director's commitment to safeguarding children and young people, good practice, valuing staff and seeking continuous improvement in service delivery.
Employees are often the first to realise that there may be something wrong in their place of employment. However, they may not express their concerns because they feel that speaking up would be disloyal to their colleagues or to the school. They may also fear harassment or victimisation. In these circumstances, it may be easier to ignore the concern rather than to report what may just be a suspicion of malpractice.
The Trusts Board of Directors is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. In line with that commitment, we expect employees and others that we deal with who have concerns about any aspect of the academies work to come forward and voice those concerns. It is recognised that most cases will have to proceed on a confidential basis.
This policy document makes it clear that you can do so without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage. The policy is intended to encourage and enable employees to raise concerns within the Academy rather than overlooking a problem or “blowing the whistle” outside.