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New NSPCC Initiatives launched


Important announcements of new initiatives from the NSPCC including NSPCC as a "prescribed body" to receive whistle blowing disclosures & Neglect or emotional abuse in children and teenagers: core-info leaflets published

NSPCC as a "prescribed body" to receive whistle blowing disclosures

The NSPCC has been added to the list of "prescribed bodies" under the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) 1998, as incorporated into the Employment Rights Act 1996 Overview. The legislation sets out the legal framework under which an employee who blows the whistle may receive protection from adverse employment consequences, such as being victimised at work or dismissed. The Act encourages employees to raise concerns within their organisations, but allows protection to apply to 'protected disclosures' made to 'prescribed bodies' when certain conditions are met.

The NSPCC Helpline will be the single place within the NSPCC where all protected disclosures will be handled.  The Helpline will only deal with advice and referrals about child welfare and protection. Legal issues raised by callers will be referred to Public Concern at Work (PCaW), a charity focused on whistle blowing legislation and advice.   The Helpline's role will be to help professionals by advising them on the best course of action to take to address their concerns and, where permission is given or where there is a concern for a child's welfare, referring to an appropriate organisation.  Helpline staff have been specially trained to identify a possible protected disclosure.

The implication of these measures is that employees from all organisations can make 'protected disclosures' to the NSPCC on matters related to the welfare and protection of children.   The NSPCC will be bringing these provisions to the attention of professionals and their organisations through media and publicity activities.  This will happen in the New Year.

Neglect or emotional abuse in children and teenagers: core-info leaflets published

The NSPCC has published two leaflets in its core-info series based on systematic research reviews conducted by the Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Review Team at Cardiff University.  The two leaflets are

  • Core-info: neglect or emotional abuse in children aged 5-14
  • Core-info: neglect or emotional abuse in teenagers aged 13-18

Both leaflets summarise the research findings and consider the implications practice for those working with and supporting children and young people.  Both leaflets can be viewed on the NSPCC website.Opens new window

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