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User AvatarPosted by Kathryn Platten at 19/01/2015 14:41:58

Posted by Community Care 14 January 2015

Social work whistle-blowers describe a ‘culture of fear’ around raising practice concerns

Attitudes to whistle-blowing in local authorities are characterised by a “culture of fear”, a social work whistle-blower has said in response to the results of Community Care’s survey.An online survey of 327 social workers conducted by Community Care showed 58% have witnessed unethical practice and over half have witnessed dangerous systems in their workplace.  Almost three-quarters had no effective action taken after raising concerns.

Fears of repercussions
Martin Morton, a social worker  who blew the whistle on the £240,000 overcharging of vulnerable adults for rented accommodation by Wirral council, said Community Care’s survey backed up his own experience of whistle-blowing.  In 2012, the British Association of Social Workers carried out a piece of research that found almost half of social workers wouldn’t raise concerns because they feared repercussions.  Although most councils now have a policy to protect whistle-blowers, and social workers’ code of practice obligates them to highlight concerns, Morton said little had changed since then.  I think in years to come we’re going to get more historical abuse cases coming out, because nothing seems to have changed in terms of whistleblowing,” he said. “A lot of people who work in social care get in touch with me, desperate to find out how to whistle-blow and how to whistle-blow safely, and I can’t really reassure them.”

To read this article in full please visit www.communitycare.co.uk (external website opens in new window)


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