Whistle-blowing policy: model and examples
Be clear about the requirements for a whistle-blowing policy in your school or trust, and get guidance on what to include. Download and adapt our model policy to fit your context, and see examples of policies from other schools.
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Download and adapt our model policy
It's been written with single academy trusts in mind.
For multi-academy trusts (MATs), go to the 'Trust leaders' tab above, if you're a:
- MAT leader, to download our trust-wide model policy
- School leader in a MAT, to see what your trust's policy might look like (as it should be set centrally)
If you're a maintained school leader, you should also have whistle-blowing procedures (as we explain below). Refer to your local authority (LA)'s procedures in the first instance, but our policy might still be a useful reference.
This model policy has been approved by Forbes Solicitors, to take account of relevant requirements and good practice, and to help you keep compliant.
Academies must have whistle-blowing procedures
Your trust must have whistle-blowing procedures to protect staff who report individuals they believe are doing something wrong or illegal.
Your trust should appoint