Protect says ‘Time To Transform’ and calls for Third Sector whistleblowing rules
June 25, 2020
Whistleblowing charity Protect is calling for the Charity Commission to introduce whistleblowing rules or regulations for the sector, following serious failings at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) - which the watchdog has called ‘one of the worst examples of poor governance and oversight having a direct impact on vulnerable people’. The Commission has issued an alert to all large complex charities about the importance of safeguarding processes, governance and whi...
Protect seeks reassurance from HMRC whistleblowers reporting furlough fraud will not be penalised
June 24, 2020
Protect is seeking reassurance from HMRC that whistleblowers who contact the tax authority over furlough fraud will not be faced with paying back their employers’ fraud, or face prosecution if their employer forces them to work while on the scheme. Calls to Protect’s Advice Line have seen record-high levels, with more than 250 calls related to furlough fraud – the single biggest issue Protect has dealt with in its 27-year history. During the three-month lockdown, from March 23-June 23...
Silence in The City 2 research: 70% City finance workers who whistleblow ‘victimised, ignored or dismissed’
June 22, 2020
Research by Protect - Silence in The City 2 - into whistleblowers who work in finance in the City has found 70% who spoke up about workplace wrongdoing were victimised, ignored, dismissed, or felt forced to resign after whistleblowing. The research analyses the whistleblowing cases of 352 finance workers who called the Protect Advice Line for advice about workplace wrongdoing they had witnessed between January 2017 and December 2019. Head of Policy at Protect, Andrew Pepper-Parsons, said...
Protect pilot into Third Sector whistleblowing culture reveals weak spots
May 20, 2020
Protect's pilot examining whistleblowing culture in the Third Sector has found key weak spots it believes are symptomatic across many of the 168,000 charities in England and Wales. Chief Executive, Liz Gardiner said, “The room for improvement in the Third Sector is well documented following the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals. But in recent weeks we have once again been reminded how vital the work of charities is – and how vital speaking up about wrongdoing is to keep us all safe. ...
Protect comment on the DAUK survey about NHS staff being silenced over PPE
May 15, 2020
Survey findings of 150 health care staff by frontline lobbying group for doctors, The Doctors' Association has highlighted the shocking treatment of NHS doctors who dared to blow the whistle on inadequate PPE supplies, which featured on BBC Newsnight this week. The survey respondents were made up of 25% of nurses and just under 25% foundation doctors, 10% were middle grade and just under 10% were consultants. A smaller number of responses were from midwives, physiotherapist paramedics, radiog...
Protect call for HMRC fraud hotline to reopen
May 14, 2020
Protect is calling on the HMRC to reinstate its fraud hotline for whistleblowers who are trying to raise public interest concerns about misuse of taxpayers' money. Protect, which handles around 3,000 whistleblowing cases to its Advice Line each year – has seen a spike in calls to its Advice Line in recent days on furlough fraud. We are calling on HMRC to reopen its fraud line for whistleblowers who want to speak out on employers exploiting the Government’s furlough scheme. HMRC have ...
Delegates give our Masterclass in Whistleblowing thumbs up
April 29, 2020
Our one-day Whistleblowing Masterclass has gone live online – and our first training session has received great feedback from delegates. Like many organisations faced with new ways of working, the Protect team have worked hard to deliver our in-depth training on whistleblowing and best practice into an engaging online product. Our Legal Officer Hari Raithatha who delivered the online training alongside his colleague Nneka Egbuji, said, “It has not been a simple task to adapt our usua...
Guidance for Regulators launched to improve public duty response to whistleblowers
April 28, 2020
Protect has today published guidance for regulators and professional bodies in a bid to drive up public duty standards to investigate and improve whistleblower handling. “Over 2019 our Better Regulators campaign set out to engage and collaborate with both regulators and professional bodies on how we could offer our whistleblowing expertise to see if we could help how whistleblowing was being handled by regulators” said Protect’s Head of Policy, Andrew Pepper-Parsons. A series of open...
Protect statement on Home Secretary whistleblowing tribunal
April 22, 2020
Following the news that an employment tribunal has been lodged against Home Secretary Priti Patel under whistleblowing laws, Protect Chief Executive Liz Gardiner said the case showed how “whistleblowing laws can be used to hold even those in the highest office to account.” She said: “Far too often we see managers and senior personnel disregarding codes of conduct, and bullying behaviour is too prevalent in today’s workplace. Ministers, as public office holders, have to adhere to the N...
Whistleblower succeeds in $10.8m damages claim
April 17, 2020
The High Court has today handed down judgment and awarded whistleblower Amjad Rihan $10.8 m in damages against his former employer, Ernst and Young. Protect Chief Executive, Liz Gardiner said: “We’re pleased to see this award to Amjad...