PREVENTING WHISTLEBLOWER VICTIMISATION:
A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS
About the guide
We have developed a new guide in response to queries from employers about how they should respond to the victimisation of whistleblowers, or, better yet, prevent it from happening in the first place.
“Preventing Whistleblowing Victimisation: A practical guide for employers” sets out insightful advice for employers of all sizes and across all sectors on how to prevent retaliation against whistleblowers in their organisations. It was developed through meetings with a roundtable of leading employers from across different sectors, sharing tried and tested ideas about innovative practice.
The guide looks at what constitutes victimisation of whistleblowers, including considering the repercussions of whistleblowing on the whistleblower’s mental health.
It also provides practical steps employers can take to prevent and respond to victimisation at every stage of the whistleblowing process. This spans from the moment a whistleblower reports a concern to the conclusion of the investigation process and beyond. It also covers ways of developing the culture and policies that need to be in place to ensure your workplace is somewhere staff feel they can raise concerns without fear of retaliation.
The guide uses real-life case studies of innovative practice put in place by different organisations, to illustrate how these ideas can be put into action, and also includes an example risk assessment. We hope the guide will be an invaluable resource in the work of protecting whistleblowers against retaliation, which will benefit both whistleblowers and employers alike.
“Certainly, reflecting on my own personal experience having been someone who spoke up and raised concerns at Mid Staffs brings home how important this guide is. Had a guide like this existed at Mid Staffs lives could have been saved.”
Helene Donnelly OBE, NHS Whistleblower
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