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Non-disclosure agreements: Zelda Perkins in conversation with Karon Monaghan QC

26th March 2019

Zelda Perkins, former assistant to Harvey Weinstein, discussed non-disclosure agreements in a conversation with equality barrister Karon Monaghan QC at UCL recently. Protect adviser Dugald Johnson went along to hear the discussion. Zelda began by recounting how, after persistent sexual harassment, she and a colleague resigned from Miramax, Weinstein’s film company. She described that the […]

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Kark Review recommendations to strengthen Fit and Proper Persons Test welcomed

20th March 2019

Protect welcomes the Kark Review recommendations to give more teeth to the Fit and Proper Persons Test (FPPT) –  which is in place to ensure senior staff responsible for quality and safety of care are fit for their roles. Led by Tom Kark QC, the review, commissioned by the government, looks at how effective the […]

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Government NDA proposals: a good place to start ….By Protect Head of Policy Andrew Pepper-Parsons

5th March 2019

In response to the #Metoo movement and scandals like the Presidents Club the government are consulting on limiting the use of confidentiality clauses  – also known as non-disclosure agreements  in sexual and racial harassment cases.    The Government’s announcement to Parliament on Monday (March 4) made it clear that non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) have their legitimate […]

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Digital gangsters and privacy rights – is it all too late?

27th February 2019

You have more to worry about Facebook, Google and the like collecting your data than any information any government holds on you. That was the view of Mark Zaid, US Attorney who spoke at UCL’s conference on “Privacy and Data: Law and Practice” about the guardians of information in our “post-truth” world. He should know […]

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Safeguarding & whistleblowing

26th February 2019

Protect’s Head of Policy Andrew Pepper-Parsons attended the OneEducation Safeguarding conference in Manchester on 8 February to deliver a whistleblowing workshop for those tasked with overseeing or running safeguarding procedures within schools.  Delegates were fairly expert on safeguarding and knew the appropriate way to handling a safeguarding issue raised with them, but my workshop emphasised […]

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Exposing Secrets: the past, present and future of U.S. National Security Whistleblowing and Government Secrecy

30th January 2019

Protect Head of Policy Andrew Pepper-Parsons attended conference Exposing Secrets: the past, present and future of U.S. National Security Whistleblowing and Government Secrecy which brought together academics, legal experts, journalists and a few US national security whistleblowers to debate the issues. The two-day conference on US national Security whistleblowing aimed to take a historic look […]

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Government reforms to address workplace sexual harassment ‘disappointing’ say Protect

19th December 2018

Following the  Women and Equalities Committee report into sexual harassment in the workplace – which found the government, regulators and employers all failing to tackle the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace – Protect asks is the government taking enough action? The government have pledged to bring in a Code of practice on sexual […]

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When the authorities fail, journalists prevail

18th December 2018

In June 1994, in small village in Northern Ireland, six Catholic men were shot dead at point blank range by loyalists, as they watched the World Cup in their local pub. The main shooter was accompanied by two others, and although within 24 hours the local residents had a strong indication of whom the murderers […]

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Whistleblowing in the sport sector by Sir Anthony Hooper, QC

21st November 2018

My view on whistleblowing is that it is a worldwide problem, and in a commissioned Protect report, ( ‘Report on the effectiveness of existing arrangements for workplace whistleblowing in the UK’) gives recommendations about how whistleblowers should be treated. Whistleblowing plays a vital role in the achievement of good governance in sport as in every […]

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Whistleblowing in Schools by Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governance Association

14th November 2018

Since whistleblowing legislation was introduced under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, employees have been encouraged to come forward with disclosures of dangerous or criminal behaviour, without fear of reprisal or dismissal. Arguably the need to speak out against such activity is especially pertinent to the education sector, which deals with young and vulnerable people […]

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