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
At Thedebriefgroup 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 at the thedebriefgroup is to build confidence with both employers and employees to build a workplace where wrongdoing is frowned upon and good practice and integrity rewarded.
Early identification and rectification of potential problems;
Reducing the risk of adverse publicity.
Reducing the potential of reputational damage to the organisation.
Reducing the potential financial cost of lengthy litigation and associated costs
Mitigating against regulatory intervention
Protecting customers, staff , shareholders and the public
Putting in place policies and procedures that provide a positive sense of management support.
Creating a healthy culture of openness and honesty in the workplace
Improving staff morale, increase productivity, increase integrity and reducing staff turnover
Ensure compliance with statutory obligations.
Ensure all investigations will stand up to independent judicial examination
Knowledge Debriefing - Succession Planning
Industry knowledge is often codified in company policies and guidance documents but knowledge learned through experience and day to day activity is usually held tacitly by individual employees. When that employee leaves the organisation that tacit knowledge is lost, affecting operational efficiency until another employee has had time to learn knowledge through their personal experience.
The Debrief Group offer Knowledge Debriefing, spending time with the employee before they leave the organisation to explore the fullest extent of their personal knowledge and to present that knowledge in a documentary format that will enable effective business continuity.
Review preventative strategies and procedures designed to negate the risk of bribery. Develop bespoke codes of ethics for commercial organisations to minimise the risks of bribery and better protect the organisation.
Where required, conduct proactive investigations on behalf of commercial organisations to mitigate potential risks of bribery.
Investigative Training for Public and Private sector
The Debrief Group have a vast range of investigative experience in the fields serious & organised crime investigations. We are highly qualified and accredited in the delivery of regulated endorsed whistleblowing & internal investigations. Whatever your needs, we have the solutions to your problem.
Law Enforcement Services
Assisting Offender Debriefing (S71-75 Serious Organised Crime & Police Act 2005)
Assisting Offender Debriefing is a vital intelligence and evidence gathering tool in the fight against serious and organised crime. The Debrief Group partners were primary members of the group that wrote the Authorised Professional Practice on Assisting Offender Debriefing and were primary members of the group that developed and wrote the College of Policing course on this subject. With Policing budgets under continuous pressure, many national forces will consider whether they might contract specialist areas of business out to experts rather than maintain in-house teams. The Debrief Group offer a full range of support ranging from consultancy and strategic advice to practice involvement.
The Debrief Group offers a range of cost-effective interview training packages that are suitable for both the commercial world and law enforcement practitioners:
Basic 2 Day Package
For non Law Enforcement Agencies, to increase the skill levels of persons involved in the interviews of colleagues involved in making protected disclosures or any whistleblowing allegations.
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
Assisting Offender / Whistleblower Debrief Training
For non-Police organisations with prosecutorial powers. Get the most effective and detailed evidence or intelligence available to assist in your investigations using statutory powers under Sections 71-75 of the Serious Organised Crime & Police Act 2005. The package includes practical assessments. Maximum of 12 students. Can be conducted at your premises or at an external venue.
All of the courses that we offer are tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. As such, please contact us with your requirements and we will quote the best possible price.