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A safe alternative to silence for employees

16th October 2019

As the UK’s leading whistleblowing experts focussed on whistleblowing and the public interest we have a unique insight into both the organisational and the employee perspective of raising concerns. Our Advice Line – open Monday – Friday 9-6pm – is independent, confidential, and protected by legal privilege to ensure  whistleblowers can speak freely about their […]

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Why it’s time to improve protections for whistleblowers

14th October 2019

Once a ground-breaking law, the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 which protects whistleblowers in the UK, and which has served as a benchmark for whistleblowing law, is being overtaken by newer, better and broader legislation, in Ireland and Australia, and the new EU Whistleblowing Directive which will be in operation by 2021. Unless the UK […]

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Why We Need to Celebrate Workers Who Speak Up

1st October 2019

Public consciousness has swung in favour of whistleblowers who speak up against wrongdoing as they shine a light on malpractice. This in turn has forced organisations to ensure that they have good governance arrangements in place to make them viable, ethical and competitive in today’s workplace culture. A Protect survey conducted by E&Y found 93% of organisations said they have formal whistleblowing arrangements in place however only 43% of UK workers were aware of […]

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WIN Conference: Sharing lessons, celebrating good practice

17th September 2019

The Whistleblowing International Network  (WIN) brought together experts from across the world to share best practice at its first annual conference in Glasgow this September.  Delegates, including Protect, heard some amazing case studies of how civil society groups can support whistleblowers and address very serious concerns.   The Government Accountancy Project (GAP) in the US supported doctors raising […]

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Advice Line Training by Protect trainee advisers Burcak and Rhiannon

29th August 2019

As recent law graduates kick-starting our legal careers at Protect , the first few weeks has certainly been an eye-opening experience – we have learnt a lot in our first month on the job! Although we had of course heard of whistleblowing, largely through shocking media news stories, within days of training on the Protect […]

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Are you listening?

24th July 2019

By Rick Borges Head of Assessment, Banking Standards Board I recently attended a leadership training course where one of the exercises was about listening. I had to listen to a colleague talking about an issue for 20 minutes with no interruption, maintain eye contact the whole time, demonstrate engagement through my body language and absorb […]

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Whistleblowing: new regulations, new contexts, same old?

24th June 2019

How can we better support whistleblowers and protect them from victimisation? Will new regulations change what we can hope for?  These were the themes of the CREW ( Centre for Research on Employment and Work) seminar: ‘Whistleblowing: new regulations, new contexts, same old?’ held at the University of Greenwich. However good the law or company […]

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Stronger whistleblowing culture can help repair third sector public trust and confidence

13th June 2019

This week the Charity Commission published its report into the Oxfam scandal and severely criticised Oxfam for the way it dealt with claims of serious sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti. The commission said there was a “culture of poor behaviour” at the charity, and issued it with an official warning over its “mismanagement”. […]

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Protect partnership with Charity Commission goes live

5th June 2019

Whistleblowing isn’t easy. We know that. Protect has been advising whistleblowers how to safely raise concerns for the past 25 years through our confidential advice line. In that time, our trained advisers have handled more than 40,000 whistleblowing cases. Calls to our advice line from people wanting advice on how to raise a concern from […]

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Voices of Justice International Conference

30th May 2019

Protect attended the Voices of Justice International Conference on Corporate Crime Reporting and Whistleblower’s Protection, organised by the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity at Coventry University in partnership with Constantine Cannon, WhistleblowersUK and MLROs.com The conference, held to explore the close relationship between corporate crime reporting and whistleblowing within the public and private sector, […]

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12:32 PM Jul 10th

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10:42 AM Jul 10th

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