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A year like no other for Protect’s Advice Line

The 16 March 2020 will be remembered as a key moment in how Covid-19 affected the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that evening that all of the UK, if possible, should work from home. Effective immediately. For over a quarter of a century, Protect has been providing free legal advice to whistleblowers through … Read more

Templates

TEMPLATE LETTERSTemplate library Below you will find some example templates for employees to download and adapt to your own situation and workplace. We have also provided the examples of how the templates can be used. Raising a whistleblowing concernYou can use this template to help you write a letter to your employer raising your whistleblowing ... Read more

Law Commission recommends reform of ‘outdated and unclear’ Misconduct in Public Office law

A Law Commission report to ensure public officials are properly held to account for misconduct in their roles, has been published. The consultation examined the common law offence of Misconduct in Public Office, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, but has never been put on the statute book by Parliament. The current law … Read more

Whistleblowing culture in central Government needs overhauling

The inquiry into bullying allegations by Home Secretary Priti Patel has led to much disquiet in Whitehall with questions raised about the state of whistleblowing culture within central Government.  The Home Secretary said she was not aware of allegations against her – this is troubling.  The report is unclear whether no one felt able to speak ... Read more

Pressure on UK Government to intervene in Jonathan Taylor case

Pressure on the UK Government to intervene in the case of whistleblower Jonathan Taylor - being held against his will in Croatia - continues. The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners, (of which Protect is a part of) made up of whistleblowing, human rights and transparency organisations, and international jurists has written the following letter ... Read more

MPs debate whistleblower Jonathan Taylor in House of Commons & House of Lords

Important questions have been asked by MPs this week in the House of Commons and Peers in the House of Lords regarding whistleblower Jonathan Taylor, who is being held against his will in Croatia. Caroline Nokes – Jonathan’s local MP - asked the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs ‘what steps the ... Read more

vacancies

CURRENT VACANCIESRole Legal Adviser About the role We are looking for an enthusiastic, driven and public-spirited law graduate to join our expert Whistleblowing Advice Line team. Are you an ambitious law graduate with aspirations to utilise your law degree for the benefit of the public interest? Moreover, do you wish to work in a meritocratic ... Read more

41% Whistleblowers’ Covid concerns – including public safety disclosures – ignored by employers

Research by Protect has found 41% employees with Covid-19 concerns were ignored by their employers and 20% of whistleblowers were dismissed for raising concerns.  As the furlough leave scheme draws to an end, Protect’s report, The best warning system: Whistleblowing during Covid-19 demonstrates the role whistleblowers can play in revealing where employers are fraudulently claiming ... Read more

THE BEST WARNING SYSTEM: WHISTLEBLOWING DURING COVID-19

The Best Warning System: Whistleblowing During Covid-19About the report What does whistleblowing in a pandemic look like? Do employers take concerns more seriously – as we would all hope? Does the victimisation of whistleblowers still happen? Does a pandemic compel more people to speak up? We wanted to know, so we analysed the data from ... Read more