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.  See our case studies page for examples of what whistleblowing is.

Latest tweets

Exclusive: Church of England gags abuse victim with NDA https://t.co/w3LDAhx2pm via @Channel4News

10:25 AM Dec 10th

RT @MaggieOliverUK: Please read and support @PeteJacksonGMP in his battle for honesty , integrity, transparency and accountability from tho…

09:58 AM Dec 10th

RT @StopFraud: Fight illegal wildlife trafficking by incentivizing #whistleblowers, learn more: https://t.co/yFtLPzeKnW #UnitedAgainstCorru

09:46 AM Dec 10th

RT @whistleblowing: Too many individual #whistleblowers have made huge professional and personal sacrifices to bring the details of corrupt…

09:37 AM Dec 10th

@J_amesp Thanks James - we can help with media liaison too if this is an appropriate route to take

01:35 PM Dec 6th

Protect - our work

Protect – formerly Public Concern at Work – has produced a short-film highlighting the work it does supporting whistleblowers and organisations. Thank you to whistleblowers Helen Evans and Dr Chris Day for discussing their public interest whistleblowing.

 

Latest News

TaxPayers’ Alliance concedes it launched smears against Brexit whistleblower

2018-11-11T06:00:03Z @ The Guardian (AU)

The Angle: Whistleblower Edition

2018-11-29T22:07:03Z @ Slate.com

Former naturopath and scientist share John Maddox prize

2018-11-14T19:00:12Z @ The Guardian (AU)

Timeline: How Danske Bank's Estonian money laundering scandal unfolded

2018-11-19T16:30:39Z @ Reuters

Christopher Wylie: 'The fashion industry was crucial to the election of Donald Trump'

2018-11-29T17:50:03Z @ The Guardian (AU)

French whistleblower welcomes U-turn on study into babies with missing limbs

2018-11-18T15:30:31Z @ The Guardian (AU)

Coast Guard Academy retaliated against a whistleblower who complained of racial bias

2018-12-05T22:28:55Z @ Business Insider

Here’s why Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan

2018-11-19T13:11:59Z @ Fastcompany.com

Legal Threat Looms Over Israeli Cyber Firm Accused of Helping Saudi Spies

2018-11-29T21:04:00Z @ Gizmodo.com

Nissan chairman fired after company investigation showed he falsified his income 'over many years'

2018-11-19T10:55:16Z @ Associated Press

Alexei Navalny: arrests in Russia politically motivated, ECHR rules

2018-11-15T11:37:56Z @ The Guardian (AU)

Cambridge Analytica weaponized fashion brands to help elect Trump

2018-11-29T10:45:18Z @ Fastcompany.com

How Cambridge Analytica leveraged fashion to sway undecided voters

2018-12-03T23:58:21Z @ The Next Web

Wada officials visit Russia labs after doping scandal suspension

2018-11-28T18:13:18Z @ BBC News

Cambridge Analytica used fashion preferences to target people on Facebook

2018-11-29T21:00:05Z @ Vox.com

Giuliani: Mueller accused Manafort of lying about Trump | TheHill - The Hill

2018-12-07T19:59:09Z @ The Hill

Taxpayers' Alliance received over £223k in foreign donations

2018-11-20T19:19:34Z @ The Guardian (AU)

Carlos Ghosn no longer capable of leading Renault, says French minister

2018-11-20T09:37:04Z @ The Guardian (AU)

Carole Cadwalladr wins Foreign Press award for Trump and Brexit work

2018-11-27T01:06:38Z @ The Guardian (AU)

Must Read: Cambridge Analytica Relied on Facebook Users' Fashion Preferences to Elect Trump, The State of Fashion in 2019

2018-11-29T17:00:00Z @ Fashionista.com

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Worker

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. For further examples of whistleblowing please see our case studies page.

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 (see our case study page for more information on whistleblowing) 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.