An improved process for anyone with concerns about issues at Birmingham City Council comes into force on Monday (January 12) in the shape of a new council-wide whistleblowing and serious misconduct policy.
Staff, citizens or any other concerned individual will be able to contact a central whistleblowing email and postal address or a telephone number, with anonymised monthly summary reports set to be sent to heads of services and the councilâ€™s Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, for monitoring.
The policy updates existing arrangements, and goes further than previous versions by providing a route which allows people to raise concerns where one didnâ€™t previously exist. If, for example, the issue raised by someone concerns a non-council school, then the council will pass information onto the relevant regulatory body (e.g DfE).
The revised whistleblowing and serious misconduct policy follows the review by Sir Bob Kerslake into the councilâ€™s governance and organisational capabilities and the investigations into issues arising from the Trojan Horse allegations by both Ian Kershaw and Peter Clarke.Â
Sir Bob Kerslakeâ€™s review recommended a council-wide policy, Ian Kershaw suggested a single reporting structure within specified timescales and Peter Clarke asked for protection for those coming forward with sensitive issues.Â All three points have been incorporated into the policy.
Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: â€œWe have welcomed the advice and recommendations put forward by Sir Bob Kerslake, Ian Kershaw and Peter Clarke and have developed a thorough and robust policy on whistleblowing.
â€œThis will help to ensure that we comply with the highest standards of openness, honesty and accountability.Â Staff, citizens and any other concerned parties or individuals can now be assured that if they have worries about potential serious wrongdoing, they will be listened to and their concerns dealt with quickly and confidentially.â€
Once the new process goes live, concerns can be raised via the dedicated telephone number 0121 303 7602 or by email to email@example.com
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The new whistleblowing and serious misconduct policy can be obtained from the city council website.
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