New Whistleblowing Advice Line launched by the NSPCC 16th February 2016

To: Local Safeguarding Children's board Subject: NSPCC Whistleblowing Helpline

 

Dear Colleague,

 

I am writing to let you know about the new Whistleblowing Advice Line that the NSPCC Helpline will officially launch on Saturday. This has been developed to provide support to employees wishing to raise concerns over how child protection issues are being handled in their own or other organisations.

 

The NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line can be reached on 0800 028 0285.

 

The Home Office and Department for Education commissioned the NSPCC to manage the advice line after a firm commitment to do so was made by the Government in its Tackling CSE report in March 2015.

 

The advice line is not intended to replace any current practices or responsibilities of organisations working with children. The helpline advisors would encourage professionals to raise any concerns about a child to their own employer in the first instance. However, the advice line offers an alternative route if whistleblowing internally is difficult or professionals have concerns around how matters are being handled.

 

We hope that you and your staff will support this initiative. More information on the helpline is available on our website, where further resources will be available in March.

 

If you wish to raise any points or if there is anything further you wish to know about the Whistleblowing Advice Line, please contact my colleague John Cameron, Head of Helplines, at john.cameron@nspcc.org.uk or on 0207 825 2500.

 

With best wishes,

 

 

Christopher Cloke

Head of Safeguarding in Communities

National Services

chris.cloke@nspcc.org.uk

Landline: 0203 772 9631

Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH

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