The Man In The Moon is committed to the highest standards of openness, probity and accountability. If a crew member discovers evidence of malpractice or wrongdoing within The Man In The Moon they can disclose this information internally without fear of reprisal. Our Whistleblowing policy is intended to cover concerns such as:
Financial malpractice or fraud.
Failure to comply with a legal obligation.
Dangers to health and safety or the environment.
Improper conduct or unethical behaviour.
This policy should not be used to question business decisions made by The Man In The Moon or to raise any matters that are covered under other policies (e.g. discrimination or racial harassment). Any allegations relating to child protection will follow the procedures set out in the Safeguarding policy. Any concerns relating to the employment conditions of an individual member of staff should be raised according to the procedures set out in the Grievance policy.
Raising a concern
Ideally, the crew member should put his or her allegations in writing, setting out the background to the situation, giving names, dates and places where possible, and the reason why they are concerned about the situation.
In the first instance, concerns should be taken to Paul Branch. If, due to the nature of the problem, this is not possible,
If this person or body is unwilling or unable to act on the concern, the staff member should then raise it with:
Ofsted (if it concerns the safe and effective running of the club).
The Local Authority Designated Officer or the Local Safeguarding Children Board (if it concerns a child protection issue and is not already covered by the procedure set out in our Safeguarding Policy).
Ultimately, with the police (if a crime is thought to have been committed).
If the crew member is still uncertain about how to proceed with the concern, they can contact the whistle-blowing charity PCAW (Public Concern at Work) for advice.
Responding to a concern
Initial enquiries will usually involve a meeting with the individual raising the concern, and will decide whether an investigation is appropriate and, if so, what form it should take. If a concern relates to issues which fall within the scope of other policies, it will be addressed under those policies.
If the initial meeting does not resolve the concern, further investigation is required. The appropriate person will investigate the concerns thoroughly, ensuring that a written response can be provided within ten working days where feasible, or if this is not possible, giving a date by which the final response can be expected. The response should include details of how the matter was investigated, conclusions drawn from the investigation, and whom to contact if the crew member is unhappy with the response and wishes to take the matter further.
Rights and responsibilities of the whistle-blower
All concerns will be treated in confidence and The Man In The Moon will make every effort not to reveal the identity of anyone raising a concern in good faith. At the appropriate time, however, the crew member may need to come forward as a witness.
If a crew member raises a concern in good faith which is then not confirmed by the investigation, no action will be taken against that person.
If the investigation concludes that the crew member maliciously fabricated the allegations, disciplinary action may be taken against that person.
West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership: 01403 229900
Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership 0300 470 9100
LADO for West Sussex: 0330 222 6450
LADO for Surrey: 0300 123 1650
Ofsted: 0300 123 1231
Protect (formerly known as PCAW (Public Concern at Work): 020 3117 2520
Adopted: 29 June 2022
Review Period: 24 months