Managing protected disclosures by employees. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 provides a framework that allows employees to alert their employer to serious failings in the workplace. Often, employees may feel unable to report their concerns over fears of the consequences from their immediate line managers or peers. Concerned employees can often feel isolated and anxious about making qualifying disclosures. The Debrief Group can be employed to listen to the concerned employee, codify their concerns and discreetly report back to the employer so that appropriate action can be considered.
In the UK The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 places statutory responsibility on Boards and Senior Management of Employers and Public Service Employers to put in place policies and procedures to encourage and protect whistleblowers.
In the Republic of Ireland, The Protected Disclosures Act 2014, is attended by the Industrial Relations Act 1990, Codes of Practice on the Protected Disclosures, Declaration Order 2015. it states -
Its mandatory for all public bodies to have a Whistleblowing Policy and highly recommends that all employers have one.
That any investigation should be conducted using objective and fair principles with regard to the principles of natural justice.
There is a value in relevant staff with specific responsibilities (Designated Officers and Senior Managers) being trained in the operation of the Policy and how to handle concerns.
Because of the perceived stigma attached to disclosing wrongdoing in the workplace it is difficult for both employee and employer to maintain trust and openness in this difficult arena. Neither party wishes to be viewed as a troublemaker, people may be afraid of speaking up and choose to say nothing in the hope the problem will go away or someone else will speak up on their behalf. Sadly this is not the case.
Whistleblowers will in the majority of cases be under significant stress and will require professional assistance particularly in ensuring interviews are conducted impartially and professionally.
We deliver the only UK Whistleblowers Investigation Management course.
The course is regulated and endorsed by TQUK
we can help by –
Reviewing Policies and Procedures to employers to ensure statutory obligations are complied with.
Provide bespoke accredited training to those persons involved in investigation of whistleblower allegations.
Secure management, anonymising and assessment of information provided from interviews.
Preparation and delivery of bespoke reports outlining the facts of any allegations.
Ensure the safety of the Whistleblower.
Our Aim is to build confidence with both employers and employees to build a workplace where wrongdoing is frowned upon and good practice and integrity rewarded.
Investigative Training for Public and Private sector
We have a vast range of investigative experience in the fields serious crime & internal investigations. We are highly qualified and accredited in the delivery of regulated endorsed whistleblowing investigations. Whatever your needs, we have the solutions to your problem.
The Debrief Group offers a range of cost-effective interview training packages -
Managers / Investigators 3 or 4 day package.
We at the Debrief Group deliver a Whistleblowers Investigation Management course, bespoke to the individual needs of the partner organisation. It is an academically regulated training course endorsed by Training Qualification UK. The course is unique and based upon the unrivalled professional expertise of our experts in this complex area of criminality and jurisprudence.
On Line Training.
We in corporation with "Legal Island" now provide an online Whistleblowers Awareness course, each course has been developed to cover the specific legislation in three different jurisdictions and includes whistleblowing legislation in England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.