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:

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Whistleblowing Policy

Whistleblowing to Ofsted about children's social care services – Policy and Guidance for Whistleblowers

NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line