Employees are often the first to realise that there may be something seriously wrong within the Local Authority, their school or department. However, they may not say anything because they feel that speaking up would be disloyal to their colleagues or to the Local Authority. They may also fear harassment or victimisation. It may be easier for them to ignore the concern rather than report what may just be a suspicion of malpractice.
Chesswood and the Local Authority are committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. So we expect employees, and others we deal with, who have serious concerns to come forward and voice them.
It is recognised that most cases will have to proceed on a confidential basis.