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Our impact over 2019


Our impact over 2019

Whistleblowing in 2019 rightly had a high profile in the media, in the courts and among individual employers. At Protect, we believe whistleblowing is a good thing – it protects the public interest, helps employers identify and manage risk, and holds organisations to account. We want more people to speak up, to stop harm.

Last year in numbers

Intervening in landmark and test cases

As a small charity, we do not litigate. However, from time to time we do intervene in exceptional whistleblowing cases. This means we put forward our case via a submission to a court or employment tribunal to support a particular legal point. We do this through pro bono legal support with law firms who are part of our Legal Network. In 2019 Protect intervened in the Gilham v Ministry of Justice Supreme Court case.

“Winning is a great relief after these seven long years. Ethically I always knew that my point was right: that judges should have human rights protections.”


Claire Gilham
District Judge

Advice Line

Our Advice Line handles more than 3,000 cases each year which, if not acted on, could harm or affect other people. Our legally trained Advice Line team are experts in handling complex, challenging calls ranging from fraud in a bank, patient safety at a hospital to concerns about wellbeing of a resident in a care home, amongst many others.

Protect advisers care about the people they advise, as well as the concerns being raised. All information shared with us is confidential and protected by legal priviledge.

The sectors Advice Line callers work in

Training and Consultancy

The insight gained from our day-to-day Advice Line work is invaluable, giving us a window into difficulties that can arise from whistleblowing. This in-depth knowledge influences our work supporting and advising business clients and shapes our training and best practice.

We work with hundreds of organisations across the UK, with more than 300 organisations subscribing to one of our three packages. Many others opt for our bespoke options.

Our monthly Open Training workshops offer a unique opportunity to learn from the whistleblowing experts and get up to speed on best practice, latest developments and latest legislation.

Hear from our clients

“Protect have been valuable thought partners for Wellcome in helping us to identify and work towards best practice.

…Protect’s Benchmark has been so helpful in showing us our gaps against best practice in relation to policy and procedure, communications and training, and investigations, resolution and feedback.”


Fraser Simpson
Associate General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance, The Wellcome Trust