Corruption can be understood as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. Transparency UK explains that corruption can happen anywhere: in business, government, the courts, the media and beyond.
In recent months, the Police have been keen to highlight their work in safeguarding against corruption. One of the measures in which the police respond to corruption complaints is through Counter Corruption Units. A new documentary hosted by Channel 4 titled ‘The Real AC 12’, is aiming to increase transparency and raise awareness of how police forces respond to concerns around professional conduct.
It is important to highlight that the vast majority of professionals follow their duty of care and provide incredible levels of support to those they work with.
In some cases, there may be incidents where professional standards are not met. Therefore, it is important to recognise the signs that may indicate inappropriate behaviour so that issues can be responded to quickly and harm minimised.
How to can you Spot the Signs of Inappropriate Professional Conduct?
The police have identified some behaviours that may indicate inappropriate behaviour. For instance:
- Personal Correspondence- A professional contacting people from their personal mobile phone or through a social media account.
- Timing of Contact – A professional making contact outside of their working hours or when not performing their main role.
- Over-familiarity – The relationship sounds personal rather than professional.
- Frequent Contact- This could be a genuine concern from the professional. However, excessive contact or follow up visits could be area of concern.
- Content of Conversation – Innuendo or steering the conversation towards inappropriate topics.
How can you Respond to Concerns?
- Discuss your concerns with your line manager or organisational Safeguarding Lead
- Nationally, you can contact Crimestoppers Counter Corruption by phone on 0800 917 2050 to speak about your concerns. Your phone number will be anonymous for caller ID purposes.
- If the matter relates to a Police Force, you can get in touch with the Force directly through their complaints procedure.
- Transparency UK can advise on how to report corruption occurring in a range of services.
Everyone Deserves to be Treated with Dignity and Respect.
In the vast majority of cases people find the organisations that support them to be hugely supportive. The information here is intended to provide advice about how to respond if you feel someone you are supporting may be at risk because of an abuse of power.