Whistle-blowing concerns

    Staff who want to report abuse of vulnerable clients in their
    workplaces fear repercussions and victimisation, delegates were
    told.

    Rebecca Calcraft, of the Ann Craft Trust, which aims to protect
    people with learning difficulties from abuse, told a session on
    whistle-blowing that loyalty to colleagues and a lack of knowledge
    about abuse were also barriers.

    Calcraft said good whistle-blowing policies included
    confidential support systems, the right of anonymity and awareness
    training.

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