Wednesday, 18 April 2012

THE RITE WHISTLE TO BLOW

A CARER'S daunting task is to give care successfully at the end of a shift, in promoting a quality of life to clients. But often CARERS entangle their thoughts with fear of failure and resort to the win or loss motive, hence to be accepted through their efforts some CARERS will open their minds to fair or foul means to get through the day and still remain employed. The fact is there are many abusive activities ongoing in our caring environment, not only what we do but also things we suppose to do but we choose not to do them or we decide petty things omitted wont hurt anyone. Some staff would prefer to support colleagues or friends by covering up their faults, mistakes and wrong doings. None of us wishes to work in a poorly rated environment. The best way to learn through experience is accepting our responsibilities and understanding the truth about correction when we fall short to expectancies. It's better to stand correction than be ridiculed with discipline, but not everyone has the courage to own up to a fault, however, there might always be a witness, better still noticing a wrong doing or hearing of it and choosing not to report, makes the person a possible culprit or part of the wrongdoing or malpractice and eventually for the act of not preventing,
avoiding or stopping a malpractice through ignorance, negligence or personal reasons could be an abuse in itself.
So we witness wrong doing or malpractice at work, what should be done? In situations like this we need to report and make sure the necessary corrections are enacted into the system with further preventative measures put in place, this is whistle blowing. Whistle blowing is the act of telling someone in authority about alleged dishonest or illegal activities (misconduct) occurring in a working environment, a public or private organization, or a company. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization) or externally (to regulators, law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues).
Things like physical abuse and psychological abuse are wide spread wanna get out of the care system sort of malpractice, with several other abuses going on daily in working environments I think good CARERS need eyes behind their heads to spot those harmful perpetrators. Please report a wrong doing to stop it growing, but a whistle blower should always be familiar with the company's policies and procedures before taking on a naive samaritan's duty and never approach the culprit to mislead or confuse crucial evidence.