World Whistleblowers’ Day: We’re all ears

13 June 2024

23rd June 2024 marks World Whistleblowers’ Day, a day dedicated to promoting awareness, fighting corruption, and honouring a culture that positively encourages speaking up, within every organisation.

We understand how important it is for individuals and organisations to increase their understanding of Whistleblowing, which is why we’re helping to raise awareness this World Whistleblowers’ Day.

What is whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing involves an employee disclosing information or “blowing the whistle” on misconduct within an organisation. This could cover a wide variety of topics subjects, including:

  • A criminal offence
  • Failing to comply with a legal obligation
  • Health or safety breaches / danger
  • Miscarriage of justice
  • Environmental damage
  • Failing to report or deliberately concealing any of the above

When raising their concerns, employees are protected by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 as well as your organisation’s whistleblowing policy.

You can raise a concern under whistleblowing if you have a reasonable suspicion that misconduct is or has taken place. It’s important to note that personal grievances and complaints are not covered by whistleblowing law and policies.

Veritau is all ears

When you have a reasonable suspicion and need to raise a whistleblowing concern at work, it’s crucial to feel secure. Before taking any action, it’s advisable to review your organisation’s whistleblowing policy.

This policy outlines what falls under whistleblowing and provides guidance on how to raise a concern. Typically, the recommended initial step is to discuss the issue with your line manager.

However, if this isn’t feasible or suitable for the nature of the concern, you have the option to contact Veritau confidentially at 0800 9179 247 or [email protected]

Further advice, guidance and support

  • Protect (formerly Public Concern at Work) provides free confidential advice on how to raise a concern on 020 3117 2520.
  • Contact the NSPCC or Ofsted for concerns about children at risk of abuse.
  • Your whistleblowing policy – if your organisation has one – should have further details about who to contact if you are not satisfied with any responses.

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Contact us

Veritau conducts a wide range of investigations. This includes whistleblowing allegations, fraud and corruption, misconduct, breaches of contract, and more.

You don’t need to have an annual support contract with us – we can support you with one-off investigations and projects. Read more about our whistleblowing services.

For academies and non-maintained schools, we provide a specialist whistleblowing support service.

Speak to a member of our team: [email protected] | 01904 552943