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Protect response to CQC Whorlton Hall report

23rd January 2020

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published the findings of an independent review into how it dealt with concerns raised in relation to the regulation of Whorlton Hall. Bosses at the (CQC) have been criticised in an independent report by David Noble into why it buried a critical report into Whorlton Hall hospital, a privately-run […]

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Protect statement on Guardian story ‘Staff say hospital bosses misled them in hunt for whistleblower’

16th January 2020

A story in today’s Guardian has highlighted how bosses at West Suffolk NHS Hospital demanded fingerprint samples in a bid to identify a whistleblower. The report says that the hospital – which happens to be Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s local hospital –  used ‘bullying and intimidatory’ tactics towards doctors to seek out the identity of […]

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Protect response to National Guardian Office report Speaking up in the NHS in England 2018/19

14th January 2020

The National Guardian’s Office has published a report analysis of the data from Freedom to Speak Up Guardians to give a picture of what speaking up looks like in NHS trusts. The report,  Speaking up in the NHS in England, reveals over the last year cases of speaking up to guardians have risen by 73 […]

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Protect seeks new Chief Exec

8th January 2020

We are looking for a new Chief Executive Office to lead Protect in supporting whistleblowers and promote whistleblowing. Our new CEO will ensure we encourage a culture of ‘Speak Up, Stop Harm’, that we provide the best possible support to innocent people at risk. Building on our solid reputation, the CEO will act as ambassador […]

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Protect responds to UK audit reform report

18th December 2019

A review calling on a total overhaul of the UK audit profession, following a series of corporate scandals has been welcomed by Protect. Former London Stock Exchange Chairman, Sir Donald Brydon was tasked with reviewing the auditing sector, and his report,  ‘Assess, Assure and Inform, Improving Audit Quality and Effectiveness, states: ‘Audit is not broken […]

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Survey finds too many insurance brokers unaware of new Senior Management & Certification Regime

17th December 2019

Nearly half of brokers surveyed were ‘unaware’ of a newly introduced Senior Management and Certification Regime (SMCR). The new rules,  which come into play this month, have been extended to all insurance intermediaries and solo-regulated firms, just one year after the rules came into effect for insurers. The SCMR legislation was originally introduced in the […]

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Protect advice line opening hours over festive period

9th December 2019

The Protect advice line will have reduced opening hours over the festive period. The service will be closed between 24 December and 27 December (inclusive), and then again on the 1 January 2020. The advice line – 0203 117 2520 – will reopen on 2 January at 9am. Alternatively, you can email us: whistle@protect-advice.org.uk and […]

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Protect bids farewell to Chief Executive Francesca West after 12 years’ dedicated service

6th December 2019

Francesca West is standing down as Chief Executive of whistleblowing charity Protect after 12 years to spend more time with her young family. Joining the charity as an adviser in 2007, she has held posts as Legal Officer, Director of Policy as well as Deputy Chief Executive, before becoming Chief Executive in 2017. Protect Chairman, […]

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Employers should tread with caution before dismissing a person who has raised public interest concerns

28th November 2019

The Supreme Court has ruled a Royal Mail employee was unfairly dismissed for blowing the whistle, not for the alleged poor performance – based on false information – that the company’s HR department suggested was the reason for her dismissal. The landmark judgment extends the scope of whistleblower protection and suggests that employers will need […]

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The Lawyer Conference discusses NDAs

Our legal officer, Elizabeth Gardiner, joined a discussion on Non Disclosure Agreements at The Lawyer’s conference on Managing Risk and Litgation in November. Protect shared the panel with the Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority and lawyers who advise employers concerns about the misuse of NDAs had been brought to light by the #Metoo campaign and the Parliamentary […]

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If you missed our Silence in The City 2 webinar examining whistleblowing in the finance sector, you can watch the d… https://t.co/k8q8hEJXCv

04:58 PM Jul 3rd

Great blog in @charteredbanker by our Adviser Rhiannon Plimmer-Craig on bullying,harassment & whistleblowing.… https://t.co/JJukuRAqi0

03:56 PM Jul 2nd

Adviser Rhiannon Plimmer-Craig's blog on whistleblowing, bullying, & harassment states 'training of top-down manage… https://t.co/JEWS41DB9Q

03:53 PM Jul 2nd

New UK Govt report: £billions lost to #Fraud: - most cases are identified by #whistleblowers - more must be done to… https://t.co/2b8hsCXKUY

10:20 AM Jul 2nd

As the UK's whistleblowing charity we are supporting record numbers of whistleblowers (up 74% in June) like… https://t.co/vkDXw5I8hc

08:23 AM Jul 2nd