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Whistle-blowing

Whistle-blowing is when someone who works in or for an organisation passes on information which they reasonably believe shows wrongdoing or a cover-up by that organisation. The information may be about an activity that is illegal or that creates risks to the health and safety of others. The concern may relate to something that has happened, is happening or may happen in the future.

You are also protected by law if you report concerns about a criminal offence, health and safety, environmental risk or damage, a miscarriage of justice, if an organisation is breaking the law, or you believe someone is covering up wrongdoing.

A worker can discuss their concern in confidence with various suitable organisations to decide how they should proceed e.g.:

Many organisations are required to have a whistle-blowing policy, which the worker can refer to and the Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) policy is below.

All local authorities are required to have a process to consider an allegation that has been made against a person who works (paid or unpaid) with children or young people under 18 years old or vulnerable adults. For more information go to:

SCSP policy & procedures:

National resources:

  • Whistle-blowingNSPCC

  • NSPCC Whistle-blowing Helpline: tel. 0800 028 0285

Other relevant information can be found on this website here: Information and resources or in the index on the left side of this page.

If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care

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