Agenda Item No. 6(b)
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
COUNCIL: 7TH MAY, 2014
REFERENCE FROM AUDIT COMMITTEE: 28TH APRIL, 2014
" AUDIT COMMITTEE - WHISTLE BLOWING POLICY AND PROCEDURE (HARM) -
Committee were presented with the Council’s revised Whistle Blowing Policy and Procedure, for information purposes.
On 24th March, 2014 Cabinet had approved an amended Whistle Blowing Policy, its administration and the reporting procedures. Cabinet had resolved:
'The amended Whistle Blowing Policy (including the Leader’s change above) as attached at Appendix B to the report, its administration and the reporting procedures to approved.
The draft Whistle Blowing Policy be referred to a meeting of Full Council for inclusion in the Council’s Constitution.
The additional information appended to the draft Policy to assist workers and their line managers who may be working under a collaborative agreement to raise Whistle Blowing concerns with the appropriate organisation when the employment of the service responsibility falls outside of that of the Council be noted.’
The Council’s Whistle Blowing Policy was intended to encourage and enable employees to raise concerns with the Council without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or embarrassment.
The Policy played an important part in meeting the Council’s commitment to openness, honesty and ethical propriety and complimented the objectives of a number of other Council policies and supported the Council’s Anti-Fraud and Bribery Policy and the Code of Conduct for Qualifying Employees of the Council.
The revised draft Whistle Blowing Policy was attached at Appendix A to the report and it reflected the changes implemented by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.
The new draft Policy included additional provisions including guidance for workers and their line managers to assist them in reporting their concerns under the Whistle Blowing Policy and progressing this within the Council.
In considering Paragraph 7 of the revised Whistle Blowing Policy 'Raising Your Concerns’, in particular the reference to Contact One Vale in the paragraph relating to the Protection of Vulnerable Adults, Members expressed the view that, in view of the sensitive nature of the matters being dealt with, they should be dealt with by a suitably qualified member of staff.
(1) T H A T the revised Whistle Blowing Policy be endorsed prior to its consideration by Full Council.
(2) T H A T Council be requested to give an assurance that Contact One Vale will deal with calls relating to the Protection of Vulnerable Adults by a suitably qualified member of staff.
Reason for decision
(1) To keep the Audit Committee informed and up to date on the new Whistle Blowing Policy and Procedure.
(2) To deal with calls relating to the Protection of Vulnerable Adults in an appropriate manner."
Attached as Appendix - Report to Audit Committee: 28th April, 2014