Whistleblowing to Ofsted about local authority safeguarding services

Date: 19 Mar 2010

HMI: 100035

Publisher: Ofsted


In April 2009, Ofsted set up a whistleblowing hotline to enable council employees and others working with children and young people to raise concerns with us about safeguarding practices and procedures.

There is evidence from the calls received by the whistleblowing hotline to date, that our stakeholders are not clear about Ofsted’s powers in relation to whistleblowing.

This consultation presents a revised draft of our whistleblowing policy and guidance. These aim to clarify what Ofsted is able to do when it receives such allegations – and what it is not. It also asks our stakeholders if there is more we need to do to explain matters further.

Once we have dealt with the issues raised through this consultation, Ofsted’s revised policy towards whistleblowing will be publicised through Ofsted’s website.

The closing date for the consultation is 18 June 2010.

Please download and read the detailed policy and guidance before completing the consultation.

The consultation document is available in two formats.

  • Word version - questionnaire can be filled in by hand or on your computer
  • PDF version - questionnaire can be filled in by hand

You can also download the consultation document in any format and then complete the online questionnaire (this link opens in a new window).

If you would like a version of the consultation document in a different format, such as large print or Braille, please telephone 0300 123 1231 or email enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk.

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