SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER
Whistleblowing encourages and enables employees to raise any serious concerns they may have, without fear or being victimised or dismissed.
The law allows members of staff to make a 'protected disclosure' of certain information. To be classed as 'protected', a disclosure must relate to a specific subject matter and be made in an appropriate way.
Specific subject matters include:
- A criminal offence has been, is being or is likely to be committed;
- A person has failed, is failing or is likely to fail to comply with any legal obligation;
- Improper use of funds;
- Possible fraud or corruption;
- Discrimination of an employee or service recipient on the grounds of sex, age, race, disability, religion, belief or sexual orientation;
- A miscarriage of justice has happened, is happening or is likely to happen;
- The health and safety of any individual has been, is being or is likely to be damaged;
- Damage to the environment has occurred, is occurring or is likely to occur;
- Information showing any of the above has been, is being or is likely to be deliberately concealed;
- Other unethical conduct.
See also:NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line