The legal definition of whistleblowing is a disclosure of information that, in the reasonable belief of the whistleblower, is made in the public interest and tends to show that
- A criminal offence has, is or is likely to be committed
- A person has, is or is likely to fail to comply with any legal obligation
- A miscarriage of justice has, is, or is likely to occur
- The health or safety of any individual has, is, or is likely to be endangered
- The environment has, is, or is likely to be damaged
How to make a disclosure
A disclosure can be made to any committee member, verbally, electronically or in writing.
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What action will be taken?
- It will be determined whether or not the complaint is whistleblowing. Usually, if it relates to the person complaining it’s a grievance; if it relates to something or someone other than the person complaining then it’s likely to be whistleblowing. However, a complaint can be both a grievance and whistleblowing.
- The matter will be investigated. The whistleblower will be spoken to for further information and evidence. Others involved might be contacted. It will be established whether the complaint has merit and, if so, what remedial action is necessary.
- It will be considered what information should be shared with the whistleblower following investigation. It’s important they understand they have been taken seriously. However, Woodley Lunch Bunch will also have to consider the confidentiality of others involved, and therefore may not be able to give the whistleblower all the details.