Six whistleblowers report concerns including bullying and unprofessional conduct at County Council

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County Hall in West Bridgford
By Kit Sandeman, Local Democracy Reporter

Whistleblowers have raised concerns including bullying and unprofessional conduct at Nottinghamshire County Council, a new report has revealed.

Four of the six complaints involved the adult social care department.

These included a complaint about the conduct of a team manager, potential financial abuse by people who use council services and concerns about the clinical practice of an organisation which had been brought in by the council.

The County Council revealed the list in its annual review of whistleblowing.

It includes six whistleblowing reports last year, including two of bullying however confidentiality issues mean full details of the complaints are not revealed.

All six of the complaints raised have now been closed and the identities of those who blew the whistle have not been revealed.

One person raised issues of ‘bullying, health and safety concerns, concerns regarding the recruitment process, and allegations of theft’.

Another complaint involved someone who works in the children’s, families and cultural services department whose report is listed simply as ‘bullying’.

The report, which was presented to the council’s ethics committee, said: “Given the confidential nature of the complaints, this report can only refer to the general nature of the complaint; especially in the case of those investigations which are ongoing.”

Whistleblowing policies exist at almost all public sector bodies and are designed to ensure any member of staff can raise concerns.

The council’s whistleblowing policy says: “‘Whistleblowing’ is viewed by the council as a positive act that can make a valuable contribution to the council’s efficiency and long-term success.

“It is not disloyal to colleagues or the council to speak up.

“The council is committed to achieving the highest possible standards of service and the highest possible ethical standards in public life and in all of its practices.

“To help achieve these standards it encourages freedom of speech.”

It was also decided the council will publish news items about whistleblowing reports in its internal newsletter.