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.
Whistleblowing judge denied her human rights, rules Supreme Court https://t.co/9I1i1xQKZi
How to Rethink Whistleblowing for Today's Post-Truth World. What can journalists do instead? https://t.co/qneT1jZPby
Very sorry to hear this. Our thoughts are with his family. https://t.co/HI6ezFoCdu
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.
How to Be a Whistleblower
2019-09-20T14:45:00Z @ Lifehacker.com
How to Write Like the Whistleblower
2019-10-01T18:00:00Z @ Lifehacker.com
Find Out Where Your Local Rep Stands on Impeachment
2019-09-26T13:15:00Z @ Lifehacker.com
Trump impeachment inquiry: Whistleblower 'is CIA officer'
2019-09-27T03:59:00Z @ BBC News
Analysis: The whistleblower affair, in brief
2019-09-20T17:47:31Z @ CNN
Wolf Blitzer presses lawmaker over whistleblower complaint
2019-09-19T22:58:59Z @ CNN
Fox News correspondent: Whistleblower is 'rotten snitch'
2019-09-27T20:57:11Z @ CNN
White House 'tried to hide Trump Ukraine call transcript'
2019-09-26T13:04:15Z @ BBC News
White House Abused Highly Classified Computer System, Whistleblower Complaint Says
2019-09-26T14:33:00Z @ Gizmodo.com
Watch Nancy Pelosi Announce a Formal Impeachment Inquiry into the President
2019-09-24T21:45:00Z @ Lifehacker.com
Colbert roasts Trump's increasingly disturbing comments on the Ukraine whistleblower
2019-09-27T06:21:13Z @ Mashable
President Trump's Lies Are Finally Called Out in Rare Statement From U.S. Intelligence Community Watchdog
2019-10-01T09:30:00Z @ Gizmodo.com
Rep. Adam Schiff speaks after key meeting
2019-09-19T17:41:53Z @ CNN
McCabe: Whistleblower's actions 'took incredible courage'
2019-09-19T14:20:57Z @ CNN
Brian Stelter criticizes Trump defenders on whistleblower claim
2019-09-22T18:00:25Z @ CNN
Voter confronts GOP senator: Where is the line?
2019-10-04T17:21:16Z @ CNN
The truth about the Biden photo Trump tweeted
2019-10-07T21:08:02Z @ CNN
Ukraine dishonesty blitz: Trump made 66 false claims last week
2019-10-09T17:50:58Z @ CNN
GOP challenger: Trump is giving country the middle finger
2019-09-27T19:39:58Z @ CNN
David Gergen: If someone goes after whistleblower, blood is on Trump's hands
2019-09-29T23:51:24Z @ CNN
Whistleblowing charity Protect welcomes Supreme Court decision on protection for judges
Whistleblowing disclosures to Charity Commission doubles in last two years - but still much to be done rebuilding trust, says Protect