We provide confidential advice for individuals who have witnessed wrongdoing in their work place but are unsure how to raise their concerns.
We provide training and consultation to organisations so whistleblowing arrangements protect staff, service users and customers as well as reputation.
We campaign for better legal protection for whistleblowers and stronger action from employers, regulators and government on public interest concerns.
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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.

We do this in three ways:


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.

Latest tweets

Getting ready for a good debate at @hk_employment on whistleblowing and launching our 360 Benchmark #protect25 https://t.co/MAt8mo5Bi0

05:07 PM Oct 18th

Ms Mordaunt says standards of conduct across the sector need to be raised... charities need to be working with us i… https://t.co/bFhemJVJMQ

11:33 AM Oct 18th

Should be an interesting and lively event - looking forward to it! #protect25 https://t.co/esF7QogZbh

11:21 AM Oct 18th

RT @whistleblowing: EU #whistleblowers at risk unless changes made to draft directive! Today WIN @whistleblowing has published a series of…

11:14 AM Oct 18th

Our Chief Executive Francesca West is at the DFID Safeguarding Summit today https://t.co/lcHm9zMn05

10:40 AM Oct 18th

I'm a whistleblower

Protect – formerly Public Concern at Work – has produced a short-film highlighting the importance of whistleblowing. Featuring Dr Nick Harper, of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation, discussing his experience of whistleblowing in the interest of patient safety. The film marks Speak Up Day for the Institute of Business Ethics 30th anniversary. See all Protect Videos on YouTube ->

Latest News

Danske Bank whistleblower was ex-Baltics trading head

2018-09-26T14:23:52Z @ The Guardian (AU)

Prison officer claims she was dismissed for being a whistleblower

2018-10-16T17:37:20Z @ The Guardian (AU)

From Inside The NSA, A Call For More Whistleblowers

2018-10-09T18:24:00Z @ Npr.org

British spies hacked into Belgacom on ministers' orders, claims report

2018-09-21T17:03:25Z @ The Guardian (AU)

Danske Bank boss resigns after $234 billion money laundering inquiry

2018-09-19T09:57:08Z @ Reuters

Whistleblowing: public services fail to deliver on promise of open culture | Richard Vize

2018-10-05T12:06:06Z @ The Guardian (AU)

Ecuador Tried to Get Julian Assange Out of Their Embassy By Making Him a Diplomat to Russia

2018-09-23T20:15:00Z @ Gizmodo.com

Chelsea Manning says life in the US is like being in prison

2018-10-01T16:21:23Z @ The Guardian (AU)

'Venom' Review: A Bad Movie With Great Cult-Movie Potential

2018-10-05T11:00:00Z @ Wired

Ecuador tells Assange: clean bathroom, feed the cat, do laundry

2018-10-15T23:01:15Z @ The Guardian (AU)

Dame Katherine Grainger warns Wada before move to lift Russia ban

2018-09-19T17:39:01Z @ The Guardian (AU)

FCC Hangs Blockbuster $37.5 Million Fine Over Robocaller Accused of Spoofing Real Numbers

2018-09-27T16:00:00Z @ Gizmodo.com

UBS goes on trial in France over alleged tax fraud

2018-10-08T07:17:21Z @ Reuters

Danske money laundering scandal widens with DOJ inquiry

2018-10-04T15:40:31Z @ Reuters

American tech adoption has flatlined

2018-10-02T15:26:05Z @ Boingboing.net

FA looks into former Fulham assistant director’s allegations

2018-10-09T17:05:10Z @ The Guardian (AU)

WADA reinstates Russia amid wave of protests

2018-09-20T14:22:17Z @ Espn.com

Drugmakers' Free Services Trigger Anti-Kickback Probe

2018-09-21T12:04:40Z @ The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal: Ex-COO of AmerisourceBergen says he blew whistle that led to $625 million settlement

2018-10-02T01:25:47Z @ The Wall Street Journal

Apple attacks Bloomberg spy-chip story in letter to Congress

2018-10-08T18:25:11Z @ Ars Technica



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.

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.

Find out more

Law & Policy

Protect has over 25 years experience of campaigning for better legal protection and better public policy towards whistleblowers 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.