Whistleblowing: Ideas you can use
Support staff to blow the whistle on bad practiceOpen
Make sure staff know that whistleblowing will be supported and that their managers are approachable. Provide staff with the contact numbers for whistleblowing support organisations.
This idea can be used in different settings – so seeing how someone else has done it can be useful to you, even if they work in a different area of care. For example, this idea has been put into practice by Hyndburn short break service for people with learning disabilities. They ensure staff feel confident enough to blow the whistle on bad practice by:
- providing support to blow the whistle during supervision
- ensuring the manager is approachable and responsive
- displaying numbers of Welfare Counselling
- Issuing all staff with a credit-card sized whistle blowing card with a confidential helpline number to ring with concerns about practices in the workplace. It comes with a brief leaflet which outlines what whistleblowing is and what the council's policy is.
For further information contact Rebecca Toman, Short Breaks Manager, 98/100 Gloucester Avenue, Accrington, BB5 4BG. Tel: 01254 395060