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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 and the public interest concerns they are raising.

"Preventing Whistleblower Victimisation" - a new guide for employers

We have developed a new guide in response to queries from employers about how they should respond to the victimisation of whistleblowers, or, better yet, prevent it from happening in the first place.

Our Work

News

Court of Appeal passes down judgment on Kong vs Gulf International Bank – Protect statement

Protect Statement on the Court of Appeal judgment on Kong vs Gulf International Bank out on 8 July 2022:  A worrying decision by the courts that means an employer can dismiss a whistleblower for the manner in which they raised concerns, rather than the whistleblowing, even if those concerns were raised in a reasonable way.  ... Read more

Protect to host webinar with Azeem Rafiq

On 23 June, 10.00-11.00 BST Protect are hosting a Zoom webinar to mark World Whistleblowers Day, ‘Changing the World - one Whistleblower at a time.' It will celebrate the contribution that whistleblowers make to society as well as highlighting the great personal cost they often face for speaking up.  Attendees will learn about whistleblowers personal ... Read more

Sue Gray Full Report Published – Protect Statement

Protect Statement on Sue Gray Report out today: new reporting lines necessary but not sufficient to change the culture to one that welcomes speaking up.  The Sue Gray report, released in its full unedited form, exposes the poor state of whistleblowing in central Government with the consequences of over 80 people fined for lock down ... Read more

Let's fix UK Whistleblowing Law

The UK whistleblowing law – the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) – is out-of-date. Let's fix it.

People we've helped

The cost of victimisation

Kevin (not the whistleblower’s real name) became concerned that his employer’s general approach of selling products to customers could be seen as mis-selling.   He raised his concerns to more senior managers at the company but was met with indifference, with a Director telling him he personally would accept the risk of such practices. Kevin felt that ... 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

A step in the right direction against SLAPPs 

Protect’s Head of Policy, Andrew Pepper-Parsons, discusses the Government’s ideas for tackling SLAPPs and how they might benefit whistleblowers.   In his foreword to the Government’s Consultation Response, in which new proposals to take action against SLAPPs are outlined, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab highlights the threat they pose to the UK:  ‘Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Protection, ... Read more

Protect July Newsletter

Our July Newsletter is now out! Read about why the government's new bill of rights threatens free expression, why the Court of Appeal's judgment of Kong vs Gulf International Bank threatens workers rights, whether introducing criminal sanctions would better protect whistleblowers and much more. Read here

Freedom to speak up threatened by a bill that claims to strengthen free speech protection

Protect legal adviser, Emma Darlow Stearn, discusses the potential negative impact on whistleblowers of the Bill of Rights Bill.  The Bill of Rights Bill (“the bill”), brought in to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 (“the HRA”), has been widely criticised by lawyers, academics and civil society organisations across the political spectrum as at best, ... Read more

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