'Whistleblowers will get support'
NORTH Somerset Council is to issue guidance to staff on how they can report concerns about poor or harmful practices following the Winterbourne View scandal.
North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board is producing practical guidance to advise how staff in care homes can report concerns about poor or harmful practices.
The advice will be distributed to care providers across the district.
The move follows the Winterbourne View case in Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire, where 11 members of staff admitted ill treating patients.
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An inquiry into practices at the care home was sparked by an undercover investigation by the BBC's Panorama programme last year.
All 11 defendants charged with offences committed against patients last year have pleaded guilty to the charges against them and will sentenced at Bristol Crown Court next month.
North Somerset Council safeguarding adults manager, Kathryn Needham, said: "The message to anyone spotting signs of abuse, neglect or poor care is to act now – see it and report it. Organisations should work to create and encourage a no-blame, open culture about raising concerns, where whistleblowers are aware of the support and protection available to them."