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Figure 2: adapted from from Skills for Care (2015) Workbook 11, Safeguarding Children © The Open University


‘Whistleblowing’ including transcript: courtesy Unison (

‘Reporting of incidents in the workplace’ including transcript: courtesy Unison (


Video ‘Raising concerns: speaking up about patient safety’ including transcript: NHS Health Education, England ( doc/ open-government-licence/ version/ 3/)

Video ‘Equality, diversity, prejudice and discrimination’ transcript only: ©