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Volunteer vacancy

VOLUNTEER VACANCY

We are looking volunteers to join the Protect team, helping whistleblowers across the UK. As a volunteer, you will work on key policy projects to help Protect promote better protection for UK whistleblowers as well as assisting the advice line and comms teams with any administrative tasks.

We especially encourage applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are underrepresented among our staff.

About us

Protect’s aim is to protect the public interest by helping workers to speak up to stop harm and wrongdoing. We support whistleblowers by providing free and confidential legal advice. We support employers to implement effective whistleblowing arrangements. We campaign for legal and policy reform to better protect whistleblowing. We want a world where no whistleblower goes unheard or unprotected.

Since 1993, Protect has operated its free, legal Advice Line offering specialist whistleblowing advice to around 3,000 workers a year. We provide consultancy and training services for employers to improve their whistleblowing arrangements and in 2020 alone the employers we worked with had between them an estimated 1.3 million employees. These experiences inform our policy work in campaigning for better whistleblowing laws and public policy.

Protect was heavily involved in the drafting of what became the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) – the current law which gives rights to whistleblowers in the UK. Our Advice Line gives us first-hand knowledge of the gaps in the current whistleblowing legislation and our campaign, Let’s Fix UK Whistleblowing (please see here), proposes solutions to those gaps.

What will you be doing?

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone with a keen interest in the law, policy development, workers’ rights and whistleblowing. You will primarily be working closely with Protect’s policy team on our campaign to Fix UK Whistleblowing Law.

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Research
    • Including monitoring and assessing gaps in arrangements of UK regulators
    • Monitoring compensation awarded in whistleblowing claims at employment tribunal
    • Monitoring whistleblowing in healthcare and the Freedom to Speak Up process
    • Monitoring the implementation of EU Directive on whistleblowing in EU Member States
  • Keeping up-to-date with news relevant to our work
  • Writing blog posts and reports
  • Editing the website

As our policy work can be reactive, the above tasks may be subject to change depending on any news stories/parliamentary activity etc that is vital to our work.

What are we looking for?

There is no experience required for this role but the applicant must be a quick learner and be able to collaborate effectively in a team. Preference will be given to those with legal training (i.e. those who are currently studying/have studied law or conversion course) OR anyone who can demonstrate a strong commitment to justice and workers’ rights.

We would prefer a minimum commitment of 4 months for the role, volunteering for a minimum one day a week. But we are open to discuss your availability and offer some flexibility.

As this is a remote position, you will need your own laptop or device to work on. There may be flexibility to come into the office in Bethnal Green, London sometimes (we are currently going in approx. one-day a week usually a Wednesday).

How to apply

Please email Rhiannon an up-to-date CV and a short cover letter/email setting out your interest in Protect, the volunteer role, any relevant experience and your availability to volunteer. Send this to rhiannon@protect-advice.org.uk

Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Protect is committed to principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. We value the diversity of our staff members, our callers and clients, and third parties with whom we work. We seek to create an environment where everyone feels included and valued for their unique characteristics, skills and abilities, as well as being supported in their needs and responsibilities. We would be grateful if you would complete an anonymous diversity and equality monitoring questionnaire below.

Our impact

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.