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Blowing the whistle on workplace wrongdoing

Blowing the whistle is more formally known as 'making a disclosure in the public interest'. It is important you can do so knowing that you are protected from losing your job and/ or being victimised as a result of what you have uncovered and made public.

Who is protected

It is in the public interest that the law protects whistle blowers so that they can speak out if they find malpractice in an organisation. 

As a whistle blower you're protected from victimisation if you are:

  • a worker
  • revealing information of the right type by making what is known as a 'qualifying disclosure'
  • revealing it to the right person, and in the right way making it a 'protected disclosure'

It is important to note that 'worker' has a special and wide meaning for these protections. As well as employees it includes the self-employed, agency workers and people who aren't employed but are in training with employers.

The above links explain in more detail the options available to you. Please use them and also report in our forums to help us highlight failings and wrong doing in Local Government and NHS



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