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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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News

Protect responds to Government Official Secrets Act reform with calls for a Public Interest Defence

Protect along with WIN (Whistleblowing International Network) have jointly responded to a Government consultation on reforming the Official Secrets Act. Our response states, “We have long held the view that the Official Secrets Act should contain a Public Interest Defence (PID) which is vital to the functioning of a democracy. Whistleblowing is necessary so that ... Read more

Protect welcomes new mandatory duty on employers preventing workplace harassment

New government plans to introduce a mandatory duty requiring employers to prevent harassment in the workplace have been welcomed by Protect. This duty will mean that employers must take all reasonable steps to protect employees from sexual and other forms of harassment at work. The government has also announced an intention to reintroduce protection against ... Read more

Will the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) raid damage whistleblowing?

16 July 2021 Protect is concerned by reports that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have conducted raids of two houses in the South of England in relation to suspected data breaches following a story appearing in the Sun on the 26th June involving former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, breaching ... 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

Teacher speaks up over student safeguarding concerns

Niamh (not her real name) was a teacher in a special needs school and had safeguarding concerns surrounding the behaviour of one of the other teachers at the school. Niamh witnessed a teacher showing her colleagues a sexually explicit image of one of the students. The same teacher also spoke inappropriately about her own sex ... Read more

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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

Why calling out wrong doing in the security and intelligence community needs reform

Last month former intelligence contractor whistleblower Reality Winner was finally released from jail for leaking classified information. But many argue  she and Chelsea Manning before her, had very little choice but to knowingly commit a crime by leaking information to the media. Whistleblowers in the security service in the UK and US need greater protections … Read more

Are judges a have, or have not when it comes to whistleblowing protection?

District Judge Claire Norris gave the following presentation as part of our Let’s Fix UK Whistleblowing Law webinar, ‘Whistleblowing in the workplace – the haves & have-nots’ on 29 June “ I am what many people would regard is a bog-standard district judge. District judges are the general practitioner of civil courts. We deal with ... Read more

No Lugano Convention – what’s next for UK-EU whistleblowing disputes?

Introduction Cross-border disputes between the UK and its European neighbours have, thanks to Brexit, become that bit more complicated. The two main regimes governing jurisdiction in cross-border disputes, namely the Brussels I Regulation and the Lugano Convention 2007 ceased to apply in the UK as of 1 January 2021. The Brussels Regulation I sets out the ... Read more

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