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Why Whistleblowing In Child Care Is Important

Whistleblowing in Childcare Maintains the Protection of Children and Childcare Workers, in this article we discuss why people should always be prepared to blow the whistle in Childcare and how our software Aranea can help.
Whistle-blowing in child care - intelligence & risk solutions

Whistleblowing in childcare refers to the act of reporting suspected malpractice or wrongdoing within the childcare sector, it is vital for ensuring the safety and protection of children and members of staff working within the sector. It does this by holding staff within the sector to account, ensuring they follow all the laws and guidelines laid out for childcare as well as creating a transparent and healthy workplace for staff.

What is whistleblowing in Childcare?

What is whistleblowing in childcare - intelligence & risk solutions

Whistleblowing is where someone passes on information about misconduct about any organisation that they believe has or will damage the public. Childcare whistleblowing is vital to protect and safeguard children. Childcare services include childminders and nurseries but can also include abuse in the home. Children are especially vulnerable to harm so it is important you protect them. You can report via Aranea anonymously, by downloading the app. If you believe that a child is at an immediate risk of harm, you must refer your concern urgently to the police. We can liaise with Ofsted on your behalf.

What sort of Issues can Whistleblowing in Childcare Include?

Whistleblowing in childcare can be carried out for a multitude of reasons. These reasons can be something like safeguarding concerns. Whistle-blowers may feel the need to report instances of child neglect, abuse, unsafe or unclean environments or any situation in which a child is placed in a negative environment that has the potential to damage either a child’s physical or emotional well-being.

They may also blow the whistle over staffing concerns such as inadequate staffing or training. This could include inadequate child-to-staff ratios, unqualified staff or poorly/untrained staff members working with children. Thirdly, as with any sector, there may be financial misconduct. Due to this, people may be compelled to report their suspicions of fraud, embezzlement or other financial mismanagement meant for the welfare of children.

Finally there are ethical concerns. A whistle-blower may do so because they are concerned violations of ethical codes such as discriminatory practices or violations of privacy for both children and staff.

Who can Blow the Whistle?

Anyone with a concern for the way a childcare business is being ran or the way children are being treated in said business can and should blow the whistle as long as they have sufficient knowledge about the alleged wrongdoings. This can include parents, careers, volunteers or even members of the public. In 2018 for example, Ofsted received  271 whistleblowing reports. By ensuring that the whistle is blown we can create a better environment for children and childcare workers. Everyone plays an important role in the protection and safety of children.

What if I’m Scared to Become a Whistleblower in Childcare?

To encourage people to become whistle-blowers, childcare organisations and regulatory bodies often have policies with regards to whistle-blowing in place. These policies will often outline the proces clearly, they will outline what you can do and how to carry out these procedures, as well as be able to protect whistleblowers from retaliation that they may receive. Our software Aranea can streamline this whole process by making reports on your behalf in a completely anonymous manner. It can ensure that all reports are treated with complete confidentiality.

Examples of Whistleblowing in Childcare – when to report.

Examples of whistleblowing in childcare - intelligence & risk solutions
  • Criminal assault or violence
  • Threats to a child’s health and safety
  • Breaking the law, including contractual obligations and health and safety regulations
  • The belief that someone is covering up wrongdoing that falls into one of the previously listed categories

Why do we Blow the Whistle in Childcare?

It is essential to create an environment in which children can feel safe. This can only be done by fostering a culture where whistle-blowing is seen as a safe and responsible act, childcare workers can provide this environment for children by promptly addressing issues, practising safety guidelines and ensuring that the well-being of children is their top priority.