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Making a Disclosure in the Public Interest


Whistle blowing occurs when an employee or worker provides certain types of information, usually to the employer or a regulator, which has come to their attention through work. The whistleblower is usually not directly, personally affected by the danger or illegality, although they may be. Whistle blowing is therefore ‘making a disclosure in the public interest’ and occurs when a worker raises a concern about danger or illegality that affects others, for example members of the public.A clear policy and procedure for raising issues will help to reduce the risk of serious concerns being mishandled, whether by the employee or by the organisation. It is also important for workers to understand that there will be no adverse repercussions for raising cases with their employer.

Free Policy and Document Downloads

Whistle Blowing Policy
This template can be downloaded and adapted for your organisation.

Prescribed Persons / Bodies
A worker is protected if they make a qualifying disclosure to an appropriate prescribed person. These are certain statutory bodies - or people within them - who have the authority to receive disclosures relevant to the role of that particular body. This is a list of such persons / bodies from the UK Government website.

Useful Links

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Very helpful factsheet on Whistle blowing covering the legal points and developing and implementing an employers policy (you may need to register on the site - this is free).

Whistle blowing and Dismissal
Information from the UK Government website