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National Guardian data shows record number of health workers are speaking up – but more are facing detriment for doing so

Record numbers of health care workers in the NHS are speaking up to NHS Freedom to Speak Up Guardians – over 20,000 cases in 2020/21 – but more are facing detriment for doing so. There are over 700 Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in NHS Trusts in England supporting healthcare workers to speak up about anything which impacts on their ability ... Read more

Protect statement on “Children in the care of Lambeth Council” Investigation Report

Protect is dismayed by the report, ‘Children in the care of Lambeth Council’, published by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The report makes damning findings against the council that it allowed serious abuse against children to take place between the 1960s and 1990s. The report finds that the council operated a “culture of ... Read more

Read our latest newsletter

Protect’s latest newsletter is now available to read, featuring news on Jonathan Taylor, blogs, our responses to Government consultations and updates from our Business Support Team and details of upcoming training courses. Read our July newsletter

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 1989. 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 ... 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

UK whistleblower Jonathan Taylor finally freed from extradition torment almost one year on

We are delighted to announce that on Wednesday 7 July 2021, Croatian Justice Minister Ivan Malenica formally rejected the request by Monaco to extradite UK whistleblower Jonathan Taylor. Jonathan Taylor’s Support Group extends its gratitude to the Minister for taking the right decision. The move comes following sustained calls for the past 11 months from ... Read more

Protect thank Croatian Justice Minister for doing the right thing over Jonathan Taylor

Croatian Justice Minister Ivan Malenica has rejected attempts by Monaco to extradite UK whistleblower Jonathan Taylor on baseless criminal charges – and Jonathan Taylor’s Support Group thanks the Minister for doing the right thing.  The move comes following calls from human and civil rights campaigners across Europe – and UK MPs –  for his immediate release and safe ... Read more

Protect statement on Chris Day BMA settlement

Protect are pleased to hear the BMA, the recognised trade union and professional body for doctors and medical students in the UK, has settled its dispute with its member, Dr Chris Day, and now offering him full support – and legal funding in his ongoing legal disputes. Whistleblowing plays an absolutely essential role in the health ... Read more

Let’s Fix UK Whistleblowing Law webinar: The haves & have nots

Protect hosted a second webinar as part of our ongoing campaign, ‘Let’s Fix UK Whistleblowing Law’ – discussing why Non-Executive Directors, volunteers, job applicants and the self-employed should be protected by UK whistleblowing law. ‘Whistleblowing in the workplace - the haves and have nots’ welcomed keynote speaker Claire Gilham, District Judge and whistleblower whose landmark ... Read more

New upcoming Masterclass: Handling sexual harassment & whistleblowing concerns in the workplace

Protect is running a new Masterclass: Handling sexual harassment & whistleblowing concerns in the workplace aimed at senior individuals including HR, Compliance, Legal and Audit roles who are responsible for internal arrangements and whistleblowing culture. The session will include an overview of sexual harassment in the workplace and rights and duties in equality law, as ... Read more

Office of the Whistleblower Bill debated in House of Lords

On 25th June, Baroness Kramer’s Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) bill received its first full debate in the House of Lords. Protect supports the bill as it offers new and additional support for whistleblowers and you can read our previous comments here. The debate was well attended by members with cross party support in the ... Read more

Protect join new whistleblowing research group Parrhesia as policy advisers

Protect has been asked to join new whistleblowing research charity Parrhesia – which launched on on World Whistleblower Day – as a policy adviser. Parrhesia is focussed on the practice, protection, and promotion of whistleblowing in the UK by producing research to inform policymakers and practitioners alike. Parrhesia is led by Ian Foxley, the whistleblower … Read more

On World Whistleblowers Day – remember wellbeing for whistleblowers

To mark World Whistleblowers Day – 23 June –  Protect partnered with Linklaters to host a free webinar for employers to highlight the importance of caring for staff who whistleblow, as we all know speaking up is not an easy thing to do. Protect Chief Executive Liz Gardiner welcomed almost 100 delegates from FTSE 100 … Read more

Protect in Parliament – a six-month review

A week is a long time in politics, and six months is even longer. At Protect, we have been busy lobbying MPs and government officials to improve legal protections for whistleblowers as part of our campaign, 'Let's Fix UK Whistleblowing Law'. This is a snapshot of the work we have done over the first half ... Read more

Whistleblowing in the workplace – the haves & have nots

Webinar: 29 June 5-6pm Non-Executive Directors, the self-employed, volunteers and job applicants are not protected by whistleblower protection – is it time to change? Join UK whistleblowing charity Protect in this latest webinar to debate why it is vital these groups who are key players in today’s workforce are protected by whistleblowing legislation. Protect will … Read more

Protect comment: ‘New employment rights regulator raises more questions than answers’

Paul Scully, Minister for BEIS, (Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy) announced in Parliament (June 8) the creation of a single enforcement body to tackle exploitation of workers and abuse of labour rights. The proposed regulator will have responsibility for enforcing rights such as minimum wage, holiday and sick pay, and modern slavery.    Regulators play a ... Read more

Protect statement on controversial judiciary whistleblowing policy

A whistleblowing policy drafted for the judicial system has come under criticism for being drawn up in secret, and which will gag judges – not encourage them to speak up over wrongdoing. District Judge Claire Gilham, who won her Supreme Court Case in 2019 to give whistleblowing protection rights for the judiciary, (Protect intervened in … Read more

The UK Government must push for the immediate release of UK whistleblower Jonathan Taylor

British whistleblower Jonathan Taylor has lifted the lid once again on corruption involving revenues emanating from the major British oil company BP, as reported in today’s Daily Telegraph. Extradition Fight Jonathan, a UK citizen, is currently fighting extradition to Monaco.  On arrival in Croatia on a family holiday in July 2020, he was initially detained … Read more

Protect joins 30 other organisations in calling on Croatian Justice Minister to halt the extradition of whistleblower Jonathan Taylor

Protect has joined 40 legal experts, campaigners, academics and NGOs in  signing an open letter calling for the Croatian Justice Minister, Mr. Ivan Malenica, to halt the extradition of British whistleblower Jonathan Taylor. Jonathan exposed a series of multi-million pound bribes in the oil industry while working for one of Monaco’s major employers – oil … Read more

Protect welcome two new Trustees to its Board

Protect welcomes  two new Trustees to its Board. Ravinder Passi is a UK qualified solicitor with over 21 years' experience, who has first-hand experience of what it means to be a whistle-blower and fully understands the legal, professional, financial and personal implications of doing the right thing. Whilst working in Japan for over eight years, ... Read more

Protect responds to Dyson report into BBC/Bashir scandal

Creating a more effective whistleblowing or Speak Up culture is a way for the BBC to both restore its reputation and ensure that such a scandal does not happen again. There needs to be recognition from the top of the organisation that whistleblowers should be encouraged to raise concerns, that they will be protected if they do, and that their concerns will be listened to ... Read more

Protect urges public to engage with MPs selected in Private Members’ Bill ballot

Earlier today the Private Members’ Ballot took place giving  20 MPs the chance to introduce a proposed piece of law, or ‘bill’. This is a fantastic and rare opportunity for backbench MPs to introduce meaningful law that will make a real difference for people. Protect wants its whistleblowing bill (see here) to became law and ... Read more

Protect in pact against Monaco’s abusive request to extradite whistleblower Jonathan Taylor

Protect continues its campaign to free whistleblower Jonathan Taylor who is being held in Croatia and facing extradition to Monaco. Protect along with other human and civil rights campaigners have signed an open letter to Croatia’s Minister of Justice Mr. Ivan Malenica urging him to ‘refuse Monaco’s abusive request to extradite Mr. Taylor to Monaco … Read more

Protect seeks MPs to back its whistleblowing bill following Queen’s Speech

Protect is busy briefing MPs on why UK whistleblowing legislation needs fixing, following the Queen’s Speech, which marks the start of a new Parliamentary session. A new Parliamentary session means there will be a Private Members’ Ballot which this year takes place on May 20. The ballot is an opportunity for backbench MPs to introduce … Read more

Speaking up, listening up. The need to change UK whistleblowing law.

This article is a summary of the speech delivered at 'Let's Fix Whistleblowing' launch event on 29th April 2021. To see highlights from the launch click here Today we are surrounded by the most tragic and catastrophic example of the failure to listen to a whistleblower, Dr Li Wenliang, when he said he was concerned ... Read more

Protect campaign ‘Let’s Fix UK Whistleblowing Law’ – webinar highlights

Protect’s campaign launched Let’s Fix UK Whistleblowing Law’ with a panel debate chaired by Barrister Mukhtair Singh, and NHS whistleblower Dr Chris Day, Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Kevin Hollinrake MP, and attended by more than 100 delegates. Let’s Fix UK Whistleblowing Law’, calls on the Government to urgently amend whistleblowing legislation, the Public Interest Disclosure ... Read more

Protect launch campaign ‘Let’s Fix UK Whistleblowing Law’ with MP panel debate: April 29

Protect will be renewing its campaign to update the Public Interest Disclosure Act, kicking off its ‘Let's Fix UK Whistleblowing Law’ campaign with an MP debate discussing the importance of whistleblowing from Wuhan to Westminster. Protect Chief Executive, Liz Gardiner, said “We need to fix the UK whistleblowing law which is 23 years-old, and out ... Read more

National Guardian urges NHS leaders to play their part as survey finds just 51% feel supported to speak up

The National Guardian’s Office leads, trains and supports a network of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians providing learning and striving for cultural change on speaking up matters in NHS Trusts in England. The role of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians (FTSUGS) and the National Guardian, Dr Henrietta Hughes, were established in 2016 following serious failures ... Read more

EY drops appeal in Dubai whistleblowing case

Protect has welcomed the decision by professional services firm EY to drop its appeal in the case brought against the firm by whistleblower and former EY partner, Amjad Rihan. The case concerned allegations that EY had covered up the adverse findings of a sustainability audit into the Dubai Gold trade, including evidence of money laundering and ... Read more

Covid-19 one year on: Protect remembers lives lost and thanks whistleblowers for speaking up to stop harm

Protect will be taking part in the national day of refection and one minute’s silence on March 23 at midday to reflect on the lives lost in the pandemic one year on – and to also thank the many whistleblowers who spoke out on Covid-19 concerns. Chief Executive Liz Gardiner said, “We will join the ... Read more

Protect responds to Sheldon Review

The long-awaited Sheldon review into child sexual abuse in football makes disturbing reading.  While the abuse is historic, the report is clear that lessons can still be learned.  There are some strong recommendations about safeguarding training from Board level to the young people and their parents, about establishing a child-first culture and about developing greater ... Read more

The power of Parliamentary Privilege – but not so for Scottish MPs

One rule for one, and one for another is fitting when comparing Parliamentary privilege between Westminster and Holroyd, for as it stands, Scottish MPs are very much unprivileged. This week in Parliament, MP David Davis spoke about the Holyrood inquiry investigating how the Scottish Government handled sexual harassment complaints against former First Minister Alex Salmon.  ... Read more

Protect to offer investigation training in partnership with law firm Gowling WLG

A new interactive whistleblowing investigation course, looking at best practice handling and how to avoid the common pitfalls, is now available to senior managers responsible for internal arrangements and whistleblowing culture. Protect’s Development Director Jon Cunningham, said, “How an organisation responds to a whistleblower can be critical to ensuring staff trust and confidence in the … Read more

Protect welcomes Chancellor’s new Covid-19 taskforce 

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in his Budget, the creation of a new Covid-19 taskforce – the Taxpayer Protection Taskforce – to investigate and sanction fraudulent abuses of Covid-19 relief schemes. Whilst Protect welcomes this response to tackle fraud against taxpayers, we would also like to call on the government to follow whistleblowing best practice, particularly by ensuring whistleblowers who speak out about furlough fraud, do not get penalised.   At the ... Read more

Protect welcome report into global whistleblowing laws

A report by the International Bar Association and the Government Accountability Project, examines the successes and shortcomings of whistleblower laws in 38 countries. The report, Are Whistleblowing Laws Working? A Global Study of Whistleblower Protection Litigation,which began in 2018, examines the strength of national laws on paper, compared with consensus international best practice. It found although almost a ... Read more

Victory for Uber drivers as Supreme Court says they are workers not contractors

After the long-awaited appeal, Protect welcomes the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Uber BV v Aslam as a striking victory for Uber drivers in the UK - and potentially workers within the wider gig economy. The Court unanimously dismissed Uber’s appeal and upheld the first instance decision that Uber drivers are not independent contractors, but are indeed ... Read more

Protect welcomes new staff

We welcome Elena Cornaro who joins us as a Legal Adviser after two years working at charity Working Families. Elena has a master’s in Human Rights Law with Distinction from SOAS and an undergraduate degree from Cambridge. She said, “For me, the importance of protecting whistleblowers is two-fold – it’s extremely important to provide safeguards … Read more

Our 2020 Impact Report – record number of whistleblowers supported

Our 2020 Impact Report, published today, shows our Advice Line team have supported 3,845 whistleblowers in 2020 - compared to 3,188. Overall, this is a 20% increase in cases. Protect Chief Executive Liz Gardiner said, "The advice we give to individuals has the potential to stop wrongdoing and harm in their workplaces – with an ... Read more

Chair of APPG on Anti-Corruption Dame Margaret Hodge calls on Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to intervene in Jonathan Taylor case

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has once again been asked to intervene in the case of whistleblower Jonathan Taylor – currently being held against his will in Croatia where he has been since July last year. Mr Taylor blew the whistle on corporate corruption and bribery in the oil and gas industry worth over $275million. He ... Read more