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A safe place for whistleblowers

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Release Date: 06/08/2019

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Joe Tibbetts talks to Richard Vize a journalist well known in the public sector/delivery of public services space,  Kushi Gujral of Protect the whistleblowers charity and Georgina Charlton of Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Whistleblowing has been around for a long time as people have felt compelled, often at significant personal cost, to report wrongdoing by colleagues at work whether fraud, professional misconduct, bullying or mistreatment of people in care.

As our panel explains, the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 has been a game changer, since it provides legal protection to workers from detrimental treatment or victimisation from their employer if, in the public interest, they blow the whistle on wrongdoing.

Protect runs a legally privileged confidential helpline for people in public and private sectors who want to raise concerns about something happening at work, with the majority of enquiries coming from education, health and social care.

Advances in last few years in getting organisations to take it in board are encouraging - but there is more to be done.