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Whistleblowing is when an employee raises concerns about a colleague’s conduct or employers’ practices at work.

Most organisations have policies which allow employees to raise these concerns and whistleblowers are legally protected as long as the information they provide is considered to be in the public interest.

The following is a list of the typical issues which can be reported through whistleblowing channels:

  • Abuse of children and/or vulnerable adults (physical or psychological);

  • Health and safety risks, either to the public or other members of staff;

  • Any unlawful act (e.g. theft);

  • Unauthorised use of public funds (e.g. expenditure for improper purpose);

  • Any breach of the Employee Code of Conduct;

  • Maladministration (e.g. not adhering to procedures, negligence);

  • Failing to safeguard personal and/or sensitive information (data protection);

  • Damage to the environment (e.g. pollution);

  • Fraud and corruption (e.g. to give or receive any gift/reward as a bribe);

  • Abuse of position;

  • Poor value for money;

  • Other unethical conduct;

  • Any deliberate concealment of information regarding any of the above areas.

According to Public Concern at Work, an independent whistleblowing charity “often it is only through whistleblowing that this information comes to light and can be addressed before damage is done. Whistleblowing is a valuable activity which can positively influence all of our lives.”

For more information please visit http://www.pcaw.co.uk.

For more information on International Fraud Awareness Week, visit www.fraudweek.com and look out for #FraudWeek on social media.

If you work for one of our clients and want to raise a whistleblowing concern then phone 01904 552935 for a confidential discussion with one of our trained investigators.


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