Whistleblowing: guidance for workers of registered care providers

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Care Quality Commission
Care Quality Commission
Date of publication
8 October 2012
Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This guidance on whistleblowing is for workers employed in the health care and adult social care sectors.  It applies to people working for service providers registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  The guidance outlines how workers can tell CQC about concerns about their workplace, how CQC will process the concerns and what they will do, and what protection the law gives to whistleblowers.  Whistleblowing is the term used when someone who works in or for an organisation raises a concern about wrongdoing, risk or malpractice.  The individual is usually raising the concern because it is in the public interest: that is, it affects others, the general public or the organisation itself. The guide advises workers about how to raise concerns internally with their employer organisation or other appropriate body, and the reasons why workers may wish to contact CQC directly.