Feb 222010
 
 February 22, 2010  Breaches, Non-U.S.

Stephen Cook reports:

The claim by the National Bullying Helpline that members of staff at No 10 Downing Street had called it to complain about bullying has been condemned as a breach of confidentiality by The Helplines Association and another anti-bullying charity.

The Charity Commission has confirmed it will be speaking to the NBH after receiving “a dozen-or-so complaints”. The charity’s latest accounts were nearly seven months late, it said. One of the charity’s patrons has also resigned.

Christine Pratt, founder of the helpline, contacted the BBC at the weekend to say that several No 10 staff had been in touch. She said she went public because she was angered when ministers denied claims of bullying made in a new book by Observer journalist Andrew Rawnsley.

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