Abbots Bromley School Whistleblowing

Blowing the whistle is more formally known as ‘making a disclosure in the public interest’. It is important you can do so knowing that you are protected from losing your job and/ or being victimised as a result of what you have uncovered and made public.

We are wishing to hear from Staff, Governors and anyone connected to Abbots Bromley School or Woodard Corporation who can share any information of concern.
This may be for example a serious dereliction of duty by the governing body or something which has impacted on the school and led to its closure.

We are more than willing to work with sources either on or off the record and will protect you and the information supplied will be in the strictest of confidence.
We have already detailed a large collection of information however to gather the entire picture we truly need the support of those within to shine light in the right places for our investigations.
Do remember there are laws that protect you in these instances and these have been detailed below as a brief guide.

Should you wish to raise concerns please email

daniel@saveourschool.co.uk

Who is protected

It is in the public interest that the law protects whistleblowers so that they can speak out if they find malpractice in an organisation. 

As a whistleblower you’re protected from victimisation if you are:

  • a worker
  • revealing information of the right type by making what is known as a ‘qualifying disclosure’
  • revealing it to the right person, and in the right way making it a ‘protected disclosure’

    It’s important to note that ‘worker’ has a special and wide meaning for these protections. As well as employees it includes agency workers and people who aren’t employed but are in training with employers

Where protection applies

Qualifying disclosures

To be protected, you need to make a qualifying disclosure. You need to reasonably believe that the disclosure is being made in the public interest and that malpractice in the workplace is happening, has happened or will happen. Disclosures which can be characterised as being of a personal rather than public interest, will not be protected.

The types of malpractice the law covers are:

  • criminal offences
  • failure to comply with a legal obligation
  • miscarriages of justice
  • threats to people’s health and safety
  • damage to the environment

The law also covers a deliberate attempt to cover-up any of these.

Blowing the whistle to others

If you are making a disclosure to someone not listed above, then it will only be protected if you:

  • reasonably believe that the information is substantially true
  • do not act for personal gain
  • act reasonably taking into account the circumstances

In addition, to make a protected disclosure to others you must either:

  • reasonably believe your employer would treat you unfairly if you made the disclosure to your employer or a prescribed person
  • reasonably believe that your disclosure to the employer would result in the destruction or concealment of information about the wrongdoing
  • have previously disclosed the same or very similar information to your employer or a prescribed person

Blowing the whistle for exceptional failure

If you believe you are blowing the whistle on an exceptionally serious failure in a workplace you do not need to go through the normal channels and can publicly blow the whistle straight away.

It is not enough for something to be an exceptionally serious failure in your opinion alone (for example, if you don’t agree with a working practice). It must be a matter of fact that something is a genuinely serious failure. An example could be an exceptionally serious health and safety risk that is putting workers’ lives at risk.

The conditions given for blowing the whistle to others will not apply, if you:

  • reasonably believe that the information is substantially true
  • do not act for personal gain
  • act reasonably taking into account the circumstances

Please reach out to Daniel now in confidence to discuss your concerns

daniel@saveourschool.co.uk

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