What is Whistleblowing?
The term whistleblowing can be defined as raising a concern about a wrong doing within an organisation. The concern must be a genuine concern about a crime, criminal offence, miscarriage of justice, dangers to health and safety and of the environment – And the cover up of any of these.
What is a whistleblower?
A whistleblower is a person who raises a concern about a wrongdoing in their workplace or within the NHS or social care setting.
If a person wishes to raise their concerns they should obtain a copy of their organsiations whistleblowing policy and seek advice.
What does it mean?
If you see something within your workplace that you believe is negligent, improper or illegal, then you should report this to the relevant people.
You should not suffer any detrimental treatment for doing so, as long as you follow the correct processes.
What is not Whistleblowing?
Whistleblowing is not the same as a complaint.
Complaints from service users, relatives or representatives would not be classed as whistleblowing. These would need to be raised using the service’s complaints procedure.
NHS and Social Care employees that have complaints regarding pay, hours, bullying (unless as a direct result of whistleblowing) and general grievances would need to raise their complaints using their organisations grievance procedure.
Whistleblowing can only refer to situations that have arisen within a current or ex workplace.
If you work within the NHS or Social care sector and believe you have witnessed a criminal offence or other wrongdoing at work but are not sure what to do next, then contact us.