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The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched a detailed guide for social work and social care staff on how to raise concerns in their workplace. As part of their roles and responsibilities, NISCC is required to produce and publish Standards of Conduct and Practice expected of social workers…
NHS whistleblowers who are not satisfied with internal investigations will soon have support from an independent whistleblowing officer. The Independent National Whistleblowing Officer (INWO), said to be a UK first, will act under the auspices of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) with statutory powers to help whistleblowers. The INWO…
Harriet Harman has called for whistle-blowing hotlines to be set up in response to the "endemic" abuse against women. The veteran Labour MP said society needed to do more in response to cases such as the allegations made against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinsten than simply "blame women or wring our…
Support for NHS staff who report concerns about malpractice or patient safety is to be expanded. The NHS Scotland Confidential Alert Line will become the Whistleblowing Alert and Advice Services for NHS Scotland (AALS) from the start of next month. The service, to be run by charity Public Concern at…
NHS whistleblowers face being "fired, gagged and blacklisted" while disclosures go uninvestigated due to the healthcare regulator's lack of powers and resources, a group of doctors, staff and patients has warned. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was criticised for being "low value" by the group which has called for radical…
Whistleblowers applying for work in children's social care will get protection against discrimination following a Government concession. The move comes amid concerns of a "critical gap" in existing legislation, which meant those seeking work, who had previously raised the alarm, were not covered by safeguards and so could be vulnerable…
An NHS whistleblower who claimed she was badly treated by a hospital trust after alleging it had been fixing its death rates was treated unfairly, a report has found. Manager Sandra Haynes-Kirkbright was head of clinical coding at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust when she first alleged there were systematic…
The Prime Minister is facing calls to guarantee that police and intelligence officers who give evidence over an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster will not be prosecuted. It emerged yesterday that Scotland Yard is being investigated over claims that it covered up child sex abuse because of the involvement…
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