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Whistleblowers protect public services, says government fraud report

1st July 2020

Local government procurement is big business, and in England alone costs the taxpayer £55 billion a year[1]. Even more staggering is the amount lost to fraud each year which is estimated to be between £275 million and £2.75 billion[2]. A recent report by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Department, in line with […]


Advice for Employers on World Whistleblowers Day

22nd May 2020

With World Whistleblowers Day  here (Tuesday, 23 June), the Business Support team at Protect has been reflecting on the work of employers who are commendably continuing to strive to achieve a strong and positive speak-up culture, and how those with best practice policies could use this national focus day to signpost employees to their arrangements. […]


Bullying and Whistleblowing

30th April 2020

Far too often is bullying a prevalent concern in the workplace, which places a strain on workplace culture and leaves employees stressed. In the wake of a Cabinet Office investigation into the bullying behaviour of Home Secretary Priti Patel that is set to be concluded this week, the former Home Office permanent secretary Sir Philip […]


Building Confidence in the Regulatory System – or not?

23rd April 2020

In the UK, certain regulators are recognised as ‘prescribed persons’ by the government, for example the Care Quality Commission and the Health and Safety Executive. Being a ‘prescribed person’ means that an organisation can be approached to receive and handle specific concerns, as listed online. This matters for whistleblowers, as making a disclosure of information […]


Whistleblowers can stop new “furlough” fraud

21st April 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has given rise to fast changing laws and regulations, and new loopholes and opportunities for fraud have emerged. Within a few weeks of the furlough scheme’s introduction, Protect has seen a rising trend in calls from whistleblowers concerned their employer is acting unlawfully. Whistleblowers will be vital in policing this scheme to […]


Covid-19, Social Media and Whistleblowing

8th April 2020

Advice to health workers thinking of using social media to raise concerns during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Media reports of whistleblowers being gagged, dismissed or threatened with dismissal for speaking out publicly about issues in the global pandemic are worrying, and we at Protect have voiced these concerns in a statement saying how short sighted this […]


The way we work may have changed – but whistleblowing in the right way remains a constant

24th March 2020

COVID-19 has drastically changed the way in which we work. Government guidance has led to the temporary closure of a number of businesses while others have been tasked with finding quick and effective ways to ensure that staff are able to work from home where possible and that business can continue as usual. For organisations […]


PIDA Blog –Time to reform gagging clauses

6th March 2020

Gagging clauses have become quite the talking point thanks partly due to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo era and countless other news stories exposing their misuse. Controversial debate around the use of gagging clauses, or NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) and financial settlements to conceal sexual assault and harassment has tarnished the image of NDAs […]


Whistleblowing, transparency and activism

27th February 2020

Academics, journalists, whistleblowers, advocates and members of the public gathered at The Shard for an event hosted by Warwick Business School recently to discuss the hurdles they faced in their own journeys and recent trends in whistleblowing. Protect’s Policy Officer, Laura Fatah, attended the event arranged by academics Marianna Fotaki and Iain Munro (www.whistleblowingimpact.com) with […]


Protect’s Hari Raithatha trades places with Howard Kennedy’s Diarra Brown

30th January 2020

  Protect and law firm Howard Kennedy joined forces for a successful secondment, offering a three-month secondment to Protect’s trainee solicitor, Hari Raithatha, and Howard Kennedy’s trainee solicitor, Diarra Brown. So, how did they get on, and what did they both learn? Qu: What did you do, and what did you learn? Hari: Being at […]


Adviser Rhiannon Plimmer-Craig's blog on whistleblowing, bullying, & harassment states 'training of top-down manage… https://t.co/JEWS41DB9Q

03:53 PM Jul 2nd

New UK Govt report: £billions lost to #Fraud: - most cases are identified by #whistleblowers - more must be done to… https://t.co/2b8hsCXKUY

10:20 AM Jul 2nd

As the UK's whistleblowing charity we are supporting record numbers of whistleblowers (up 74% in June) like… https://t.co/vkDXw5I8hc

08:23 AM Jul 2nd

@itn news by @richpallotitv on furlough fraud. Too bad our Chief Exec Liz Gardiner didn't make the edit to give ins… https://t.co/dNK4M095Rn

07:29 AM Jul 2nd

Important questions being asked by @labourlabel of @boohoo @HMRCgovuk @beisgovuk @RishiSunak https://t.co/fBBFEsnErs

10:59 AM Jul 1st