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Protect aims to make whistleblowing work for individuals, organisations and society.

Every year, we support around 3,000 whistleblowers who call our Advice Line. In addition, we work with organisations on improving their speak up arrangements and campaign for better legal protection of whistleblowers.

What we do

Confidential advice for individuals

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.

Training & Consultancy

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.

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.

Whistleblowing training for organisations

Learn more about how we support diverse organisations across all sectors and find out about our upcoming workshops and sector specific Masterclasses.

Our Work

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Victory for Uber drivers as Supreme Court says they are workers not contractors

After the long-awaited appeal, Protect welcomes the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Uber BV v Aslam as a striking victory for Uber drivers in the UK - and potentially workers within the wider gig economy. The Court unanimously dismissed Uber’s appeal and upheld the first instance decision that Uber drivers are not independent contractors, but are indeed ... Read more

Protect welcomes new staff

We welcome Elena Cornaro who joins us as a Legal Adviser after two years working at charity Working Families. Elena has a master’s in Human Rights Law with Distinction from SOAS and an undergraduate degree from Cambridge. She said, “For me, the importance of protecting whistleblowers is two-fold – it’s extremely important to provide safeguards … Read more

Our 2020 Impact Report – record number of whistleblowers supported

Our 2020 Impact Report, published today, shows our Advice Line team have supported 3,845 whistleblowers in 2020 - compared to 3,188. Overall, this is a 20% increase in cases. Protect Chief Executive Liz Gardiner said, "The advice we give to individuals has the potential to stop wrongdoing and harm in their workplaces – with an ... Read more

We believe whistleblowers deserve better

We’re campaigning for a new Whistleblowing Bill so we all can speak up in confidence when we witness wrongdoing.

People we've helped

Furloughed restaurant employee had concerns over illegal working ignored

During the Covid-19 pandemic – whilst restaurants were required to be closed – Jamie’s employer told him they would be opening a take-away branch of the existing restaurant and wanted the help of furloughed staff to run it. Jamie (not his real name)objected and challenged this on the basis that it is against the Government ... Read more

How you can help

We receive no government funding and need your support to reach out to more workers and ensure they are empowered to speak up to protect us all.

Our most recent blogs

Is the UK slipping behind internationally in whistleblowing protection?

‘We have delivered Brexit, and we will not use this new-found freedom to reduce worker’s rights’, was the response from Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to speculation his Department was gearing for a review of employment law with an eye on reducing workers’ rights in the name of deregulation. ... Read more

Employers should do all they can to keep staff safe and avoid breaking Covid rules

Some employers are still demanding their staff go into offices when they don’t need to, putting their staff and others at risk. Alarming research by union, the TUC found one in five people going into their workplace unnecessarily. Worryingly, this is also backed up by what callers to our Advice Line are telling us too. … Read more

Why are so many charities toxic and so far away from good governance and healthy workplace cultures?

The past few weeks have not been pretty for the Third Sector. In January, the lnternational Development Committee published its report, Progress on tackling the sexual exploitation and abuse of aid beneficiaries, which found abuse of beneficiaries was rife. The report notes that since the Oxfam sex scandal ‘the Department for International Development, non-governmental organisations, private … Read more

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