For those in the home-based childcare workforce, ‘whistle-blowing’ means raising or reporting concerns relating to the welfare or safety of children and young people. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families in their everyday work has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
All childminders, their assistants, students on placement or volunteers have a responsibility to report abuse and malpractice to the relevant authorities when it is suspected or if they have concerns regarding the way in which children are being cared for, no matter whom they will be reporting. They should be watchful for any illegal, inappropriate or unethical conduct and should report anything of that nature that they become aware of if there is a failure to meet Ofsted standards of registration or welfare requirements of the EYFS.
If the concern is relating to a safeguarding issue then the normal child protection flowchart procedures will be followed.
Advice can be sought via the NSPCC Helpline (0808 800 5000) or through PACEY’s Safeguarding Allegations and Complaints service, through which a referral can be made. Any concerns I have will be reported to the PACEY Network Co-ordinator. If the concern is relating to the Network Co-ordinator then concerns will be reported to:
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to contact me
Policy created- 14.1.18
Reviewed date- 1.1.2022