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Protect and Oxfam whistleblower Helen Evans speak at Bravest Conference

5th November 2019

Protect Chief Executive Francesca West will join Oxfam whistleblower Helen Evans at the Marketing Society’s global ‘Bravest Conference’ celebrating strong, brave leadership. Until 2015, Helen was Global Head of Safeguarding at Oxfam GB. In 2018 she spoke publicly about sexual exploitation and abuse at Oxfam GB, precipitating a government inquiry and Charity Commission investigation. Taking […]

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Whistleblowing charity Protect welcomes Supreme Court decision on protection for judges

16th October 2019

The Supreme Court has handed down a judgment today (October 16) which confirms judges are protected under whistleblowing provisions under the Employment Rights Act 1996, following a case brought by District Judge Claire Gilham. District Judge, Claire Gilham, raised concerns in 2013 about the stresses and dangers faced by those working in the courts and […]

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Whistleblowing disclosures to Charity Commission doubles in last two years – but still much to be done rebuilding trust, says Protect

1st October 2019

As latest figures from third sector regulator the Charity Commission reveal more people are coming forward to raise concerns, whistleblowing Protect say it’s a step in the right direction but still so much to be done to rebuild trust amongst the UK’s 166,000 charities and staff. Whistleblowing disclosures have doubled from 185 whistleblowing reports in […]

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Why We Need to Celebrate Workers Who Speak Up

Public consciousness has swung in favour of whistleblowers who speak up against wrongdoing as they shine a light on malpractice. This in turn has forced organisations to ensure that they have good governance arrangements in place to make them viable, ethical and competitive in today’s workplace culture. A Protect survey conducted by E&Y found 93% of organisations said they have formal whistleblowing arrangements in place however only 43% of UK workers were aware of […]

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Better Regulator – Professional Bodies Roundtable hosted by CISI at Walkie Talkie

23rd September 2019

Our Better Regulator – Professional Bodies Roundtable took place today (September 23) at CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment) and was well attended by delegates from a diverse range of professional bodies. Rebecca Aston, Head of Professional Standards at CISI, opened the roundtable which was chaired by Protect’s Head of Policy, Andrew Pepper-Parsons, who […]

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Protect partner with Howard Kennedy over trainee solicitor secondment scheme

19th September 2019

Protect are proud to partner with law firm Howard Kennedy to further the careers of two trainee solicitors who will be supporting whistleblowers. Senior Protect Adviser and trainee solicitor, Hari Raithatha, joins the employment team at Howard Kennedy for three months to complete his training, whilst Protect welcomes Diarra Brown, a second-year Howard Kennedy trainee […]

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Protect urge charities to ‘get whistleblowing right’ and reach out to sector with free pilot to transform cultures

29th August 2019

In a bid to transform and improve the whistleblowing and speak up culture of charities, Protect is reaching out to offer its help and expertise in a pilot it hopes will transform the sector. In June, Protect partnered with the Charity Commission to launch a six-month advice line for whistleblowers working in the charity sector, […]

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Case update – protecting the potential whistleblower

28th August 2019

An interesting recent case at the Employment Tribunal (Bilsbrough v Berry Marketing Ltd) looked at victimising of a potential whistleblower. In this case, Mr Bilsbrough, a client service executive, had been researching how to blow the whistle to the Information Commissioner, and was suspended. A strict interpretation of the law might suggest he was not […]

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Law Society recommends Protect as go to for advice on NDAs for whistleblowers

27th August 2019

New guidance by the Law Society on NDAs – Non-disclosure agreements – has recommended Protect as an advice centre for whistleblowers as ‘whistleblowing law is complicated’. NDAs, sometimes called a confidentiality clause, or gagging clause, allows the employer and worker to resolve a dispute confidentially without going to a tribunal or court.  An individual may […]

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Summary of City of London breakfast briefing: Fostering a positive speak up, listen up culture

24th July 2019

THE City of London Corporation hosted a breakfast briefing on best practice speak up/listen up arrangements with presentations by Protect Chief Executive Francesca West and Banking Standards Board Senior Behavioural Scientist Kate Coombs. Opening the briefing, Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy & Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation, said, ’Integrating positive speak up […]

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04:35 PM May 29th

RT @whistleblowing: Join @WhistleUK for a webinar on #Whistleblowing during #COVID19: keeping your organisation and employees safe. The we…

12:11 PM May 29th

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08:52 AM May 29th

RT @ChtyCommission: Watch this free, on-demand webinar to help spot COVID-19 related fraud, and better protect your #Charity from harm. In…

08:33 AM May 29th

Our May newsletter https://t.co/aB2IUfx4U1 has our latest news including our whistleblowing culture report - Time T… https://t.co/LCMv5Jfjfd

08:22 AM May 29th