The statutory protections for whistleblowers were enacted nearly 20 years ago, following a spate of high-profile disasters and controversies. At its inception, the legislation attracted unanimous support across the political divide. The legislation was viewed as a public-interest measure, rather than an employment-rights measure.
Whistleblowers serve a vital function. They shine a light on malpractice, risks to health and safety and misconduct which threatens the public interest.
However, disclosures are not always made in the public interest. Frequently, concerns are raised for self-serving, tactical reasons, often in circumstances where the employment relationship is already breaking down.
Charities and public interest organisations face particular risks.
This webinar will address the following thorny questions:
- What type of disclosure is a ‘protected disclosure’ and how is ‘public interest’ defined?
- If a complaint is against a CEO or a member of the SMT, who should undertake the investigation?
- To what extent should trustees / the Board become involved, and at what stage?
- Do trustees face the risk of personal liabilities?
- When should an organisation involve the Charity Commission (and other relevant regulators)?
- How can an organisation effectively manage reputational risk?
Why choose this webinar?
You will receive:
- A practical explanation of the legal framework
- Comprehensive notes
- Step-by-step guidance on how to manage a contentious allegation
- A template policy (and helpful precedent letters)
Who should attend?
- Trustees / non-executive directors
- CEO / Members of the SMT
- HR Managers and Directors
- In-house legal counsel
£25 excluding VAT