We aim to stop harm by encouraging safe whistleblowing
Protect- formerly Public Concern at Work - are leading experts in whistleblowing. We have advised around 40,000 people on our free, confidential advice line, trained thousands of managers, senior managers and board members and currently support hundreds of organisations to strengthen their internal whistleblowing or ‘speak up’ arrangements. We were closely involved in setting the scope and detail of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 20 years ago.
We continue to campaign for further amendment and improvements to the whistleblowing framework in the UK.
What is whistleblowing?
Sometimes whistleblowing is called speaking up or raising a concern. It is all about ensuring that if someone sees something wrong in the workplace, they are able to raise this within their organisation, to a regulator, or wider. Whistleblowing ultimately protects customers, staff, beneficiaries, and the organisation itself by identifying harm before it’s too late. See our case studies page for examples of what whistleblowing is.
Law & Policy
If you’ve seen, heard or suspect wrongdoing in your workplace, or know of a serious risk or accident ‘waiting to happen’- we can help.
Maybe you work in a bank or financial services and suspect fraud, or you have seen neglect or abuse in a care home. Perhaps you, or someone you know has told you about a serious public health risk to consumers.
Speaking up can help stop the problem before it gets any worse. It could even prevent the wrongdoing, risk or danger, happening in the first place. We advise people who want to alert either the employer, regulator or even the media about wrongdoing. For further examples of whistleblowing please see our case studies page.
There are different terms used to explain whistleblowing – speaking up, raising concerns, or whistleblowing – but all mean the very same thing. Some organisations prefer to use ‘speaking up’ instead of the word whistleblowing.
We cannot advise on private employment matters, such as pay disputes, holiday entitlement, bullying or discrimination issues which aren’t public interest matters. What we can do is offer advice and support if you’ve been victimised, dismissed or forced out of your job for raising whistleblowing concerns.
If you need advice please see our advice line page or call us on 020 3117 2520
As an employer, how can you give your staff confidence to speak up about wrongdoing?
Working with Protect means your organisation is leading the way in good whistleblowing arrangements. Protect offers your staff a real alternative to silence, by giving them the confidence to speak up to stop harm.
We support hundreds of thousands of workers from all sectors with our expertise through business support packages, training and consultancy.
Whether you are designing a whistleblowing policy and procedures or evaluating established arrangements, our Whistleblowing Benchmark – the first of its kind – offers your organisation practical steps, telling you what you should be doing, and when.
Law & Policy
Protect has over 25 years experience of campaigning for better legal protection and better public policy towards whistleblowers (see our case study page for more information on whistleblowing) and the public interest concerns they are raising.
We do this in a variety of ways:
- We lobby Government, MPs, regulators and other stakeholders on policy issues effecting whistleblowing;
- We respond to consultations, inquires and propose amendments to legislation in Parliament on issues that are relevant to whistleblowing;
- We carry out research into whistleblowing;
- We promote public interest whistleblowing internationally.
Read more about our policy work here.
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Protect - our work
Protect – formerly Public Concern at Work – has produced a short-film highlighting the work it does supporting whistleblowers and organisations. Thank you to whistleblowers Helen Evans and Dr Chris Day for discussing their public interest whistleblowing.
Cummings: Whistleblower was scared of our GOP colleagues
2019-04-23T03:39:47Z @ CNN
Jury to hear from 'whistleblower' in New York sex cult trial
2019-05-09T10:13:38Z @ Reuters
Julian Assange Declines Voluntary Extradition to the U.S. in Latest Court Appearance
2019-05-02T11:30:00Z @ Gizmodo.com
House panel to interview ex-White House security clearance chief
2019-04-28T15:58:22Z @ Reuters
Sweden reopens Julian Assange rape investigation
2019-05-13T09:15:55Z @ CNN
Julian Assange jailed for 50 weeks for breaching UK bail conditions
2019-05-01T12:50:58Z @ TechCrunch
Secure Connect: Tutanota startet Service für Whistleblower
2019-05-03T08:24:00Z @ Heise.de
Ecuador hands over Julian Assange's belongings to US
2019-05-20T10:29:17Z @ BBC News
Backdoors in Huawei Equipment Discovered by Vodafone Italy in 2009
2019-04-30T11:30:00Z @ Gizmodo.com
USA: Dritter Whistleblower nach Leak bei The Intercept festgenommen
2019-05-10T09:28:00Z @ Heise.de
USA: Dritter Whistleblower nach Leak an The Intercept festgenommen
2019-05-10T09:28:00Z @ Heise.de
Whistleblower Prompts Changes to Sacramento Police Department`s Off-Duty Officer Employment Policies
2019-05-02T23:56:41Z @ Yahoo.com
A drugmaker allegedly used free Las Vegas trips, fancy dinners, spa treatments, and Starbucks gift cards to bribe doctors to sell more of its expensive drug
2019-04-30T19:04:00Z @ Business Insider
Kline takes responsibility for White House security clearance process, but Democrats vow to continue digging
2019-05-01T23:49:19Z @ CNN
Sweden reopens rape case against Julian Assange
2019-05-13T10:56:24Z @ TechCrunch
Head of embattled UNAIDS to leave post immediately - OrilliaMatters.Com
2019-05-08T14:05:00Z @ Orilliamatters.com
Head of embattled UNAIDS to leave post immediately - The Province
2019-05-08T13:30:09Z @ Nationalpost.com
Japanese Taxicab uses face recognition software to decide what kind of garbage to play on its seatback display
2019-04-23T19:22:05Z @ Boingboing.net
Report: Boeing Insiders Called FAA Hotline to Report Issues With 737 Max Jets
2019-04-28T00:40:00Z @ Gizmodo.com
Freed whistleblower Chelsea Manning back in jail for refusing to testify before secret grand jury
2019-05-17T01:56:12Z @ Theregister.co.uk
Strong whistleblowing procedures are the lifeline local authorities need right now