“Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse is an existing employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out ”.
Organisations run the risk that wrongdoing is taking place but it has not yet been brought to their attention. This can easily happen in circumstances where there is no proper mechanism in place for a worker to raise their concerns.
The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 introduced a statutory regime whereby workers can raise concerns in confidence knowing they will be protected from both professional and personal reprisals.
Businesses need to be cognisant of their statutory obligations not to penalise workers that make a protected disclosure. In order to comply with statutory obligations a whistleblowing mechanism should be put in place. By establishing and maintaining a whistleblowing policy your workers will be aware of how they should raise concerns and who in the organisation they should speak with.
ReganStein’s Protected Disclosures consultant can help you create or update your whistleblowing policy and provide training to all relevant staff. Ongoing support and advice around managing a protected disclosure is also available.