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Social care bodies commit to support whistleblowers

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Community Care will next week launch a special report into whistleblowing in social care, in which we look at the latest advice on how to report your concerns and why the current system doesn’t offer staff enough support.


Coincidentally, the Care Quality Commission, Health and Care Professions Council, Unison, Unite and several other professional bodies, unions and regulators have this week launched the Speaking Up charter – a commitment to working together to support people who raise concerns in the public interest.


Under the charter, these social care bodies commit to:


  • Work in partnership with other organisations to develop a positive culture by promoting openness, transparency, fairness, reporting and learning 
  • Foster a culture of openness which supports staff to raise concerns
  • Share expertise to create effective ways of breaking down barriers to reporting incidents and concerns early on
  • Signpost individuals to support and guidance to ensure that they are fully aware of and understand their protected rights under the Public Interest Disclosure Act
Let’s hope this goes some way towards tackling the barriers to whistleblowing, which we will look at in more detail next week.


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About Kirsty McGregor

Kirsty McGregor is Community Care's workforce editor. She reports daily on social workers' pay and conditions, education, training, career progression, registration and fitness to practise. This includes issues affecting newly qualified social workers across the UK and the recent development of the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) in England. She is also responsible for producing job hunting and career progression advice.

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