Whistleblowers protected when applying for jobs in children's social care sector

Implementation date: To be confirmed

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 includes a provision that enables regulations to be made to provide protection for applicants when applying for a role that relates to the children's social care functions of a local authority. The purpose of this provision is to ensure that applicants are not discriminated against because they have previously made a protected disclosure.

A local authority (or other relevant employer) discriminates against an applicant if the applicant is refused a job or he or she is treated less favourably in some other way in relation to the application because of having made a protected disclosure.