Whistleblowing occurs when an individual raises concerns, usually to their employer or a regulator, about a workplace danger or illegality that affects others. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is the key piece of UK legislation protecting individuals who 'blow the whistle' in the public interest. Both employer and worker may have a lot at stake in a whistleblowing scenario, and developing and promoting a clear and robust policy for raising concerns can help to minimise risk.
This factsheet outlines the legal position on whistleblowing and suggests sources of guidance. It explores the benefits of having a whistleblowing policy and what the policy should cover. It advises employers on how to implement an effective whistleblowing procedure while supporting sincere whistleblowers from start to finish.