What does it mean to be a whistleblower?

If you are a worker, you can be a whistleblower and report wrongdoing. This is usually something you have seen at work, but not always.

You must disclose wrongdoing in the public interest. It must have an impact on others, such as the general public.

You are protected as a Whistleblower awards by law. This means that you will not be treated unfairly, or lose your job, simply because you ‘blow off the whistle’.

Anytime you feel concerned about an incident in the past, present, or in the future, you can let us know.

Who is protected under law?

If you are a worker, you can be protected by the following:

An employee is a police officer or NHS employee, a worker in an office, or a worker in a factory.

A trainee, such a student nurse,

An agency worker

A member of a Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP)

If you aren’t sure if you are protected, get independent advice from Citizens’ Advice.

If you are a whistleblower, a confidentiality clause or ‘gagging’ clause in a settlement agreement will not be valid.

Whistleblowing is when you submit complaints

If you report the following, you are protected under law

A criminal offense, such as fraud, is one example.

Someone’s safety and health are at risk

Environment can be at risk of actual or potential damage

A miscarriage in justice

The company is in violation of the law by not having the correct insurance.

You believe that someone is trying to cover up wrongdoing

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