Read a summary of key findings from the Report on the effectiveness of existing arrangements for workplace whistleblowing in the UK
In 2013, Public Concern at Work (PCaW) launched an independent commission to review the effectiveness of whistleblowing arrangements in UK organisations, and to provide recommendations. The result, Report on the effectiveness of existing arrangements for workplace whistleblowing in the UK (PDF 5.4MB), included responses from several affected parties including employers, lawyers, and whistleblowers themselves.
A number of cases, both in the UK and overseas, have highlighted failures of whistleblowing systems in organisations.
Effective whistle blowing arrangements are a key element of good governance. All organisations face the risk that something may go wrong and an organisation's best defence is the individuals working in, or with the organisation.
Effective whistleblowing arrangements are a key part of the first line of defence. Organisations that encourage whistleblowing and implement effective whistleblowing arrangements are better placed to prevent misconduct, detect any issues early and demonstrate effective risk management.
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