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. See our case studies page for examples of what whistleblowing is.
@J_amesp Thanks James - we can help with media liaison too if this is an appropriate route to take
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.
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
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. 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.
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.