Should social workers have a legal duty to blow the whistle?

    Should social workers have a legal duty to blow the whistle?

    This week, MPs and peers called for staff caring for older people to have a legal duty to report abuse, with protection for confidentiality and whistleblowing.

    Speaking out against abuse and bad practice is fraught with difficulty, and people can be sacked for raising concerns.

    Six care workers recently won £1 million compensation over their sacking from Wakefield council after they revealed mismanagement in children’s homes.

    The council reached the out-of-court settlement with the workers, after a report by the Children’s Rights Director found the councils had “perversely” blocked the NSPCC from carrying out a full investigation.

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    Should social workers have a legal duty to blow the whistle?

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