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:
- We provide confidential advice for individuals
- Training and consultancy for organisations
- Campaigning for better public policy and legal protection
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.
“The whole of the UK energy market – that’s more than 600,000 workers – are currently being held to ransom over Se… https://t.co/04v32gnUje
Great coverage in The Sun of the two Ofgem whistleblowers we've been supporting. If you've been affected by the O… https://t.co/HZQb7SmywE
Read about the Ofgem whistleblowers we've been helping...and why there needs to be change https://t.co/JQm0yW5v3F
I'm a whistleblower
Protect – formerly Public Concern at Work – has produced a short-film highlighting the importance of whistleblowing. Featuring Dr Nick Harper, of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation, discussing his experience of whistleblowing in the interest of patient safety. The film marks Speak Up Day for the Institute of Business Ethics 30th anniversary. See all Protect Videos on YouTube ->
Chelsea Manning May Be Banned From Entering Australia: Report
2018-08-29T12:51:00Z @ Gizmodo.com
Chelsea Manning to Appear in Sydney via Video Feed From Los Angeles After Visa Trouble
2018-08-31T10:40:00Z @ Gizmodo.com
Chelsea Manning Will Be Denied Entry to Australia, Her Tour Organizer Says
2018-08-30T03:03:12Z @ Time
Your Tesla is probably vulnerable to hackers, but there's an easy fix
2018-09-10T18:29:08Z @ Mashable
Privacy groups ask senators to confirm US surveillance oversight nominees
2018-08-29T18:14:02Z @ TechCrunch
Whistleblower Wayne Barnes prepares to call time on refereeing career
2018-08-29T15:42:16Z @ The Guardian (AU)
President Trump Calls 5-Year Prison Sentence for NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner ‘Unfair’
2018-08-24T12:19:23Z @ Time
Being a whistleblower in tech isn’t easy — here’s why
2018-09-18T09:13:07Z @ The Next Web
Top European Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Regime Violates Human Rights
2018-09-13T16:41:00Z @ Gizmodo.com
EU's top court rules against the UK mass surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden
2018-09-14T13:43:37Z @ Boingboing.net
The SEC has never been busier investigating both private and public companies in the Bay Area, suggests agency head
2018-09-06T19:50:28Z @ TechCrunch
British spies hacked into Belgacom on ministers' orders, claims report
2018-09-21T17:03:25Z @ The Guardian (AU)
Edward Snowden surveillance powers ruled unlawful
2018-09-13T12:29:33Z @ BBC News
Danske Bank boss resigns after $234 billion money laundering inquiry
2018-09-19T09:57:08Z @ Reuters
Ecuador Tried to Get Julian Assange Out of Their Embassy By Making Him a Diplomat to Russia
2018-09-23T20:15:00Z @ Gizmodo.com
Chelsea Manning may be banned from visiting Australia because she doesn't meet the country's 'character' test
2018-08-30T01:47:03Z @ Google News
'Ofgem made my life hell': whistleblowers say they were threatened by regulator
2018-09-17T14:05:03Z @ The Guardian (AU)
European court rules against Britain over mass surveillance
2018-09-13T14:43:35Z @ Yahoo.com
Mormon fighting to end youth interviews ousted from faith - Fox News
2018-09-16T19:59:10Z @ Fox News
Dame Katherine Grainger warns Wada before move to lift Russia ban
2018-09-19T17:39:01Z @ The Guardian (AU)
Law & Policy
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.
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.
Law & Policy
Protect has over 25 years experience of campaigning for better legal protection and better public policy towards whistleblowers 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.