Whistleblowing FAQs & Resources

As a leading provider of HR Compliance eLearning, our experts are often asked about Whistleblowing. We've collected all of those questions and answered them for you below...

Whistleblowing FAQs

What is whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing is when an employee reports a serious concern that they believe is happening in the workplace and is not being dealt with or ignored by their employer.

Do I need a whistleblowing policy?

A policy is not currently required by law but is considered best practice for employers

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and The Employment Rights Act 1996 provide protection for any employee that faces any unfair treatment after disclosing malpractice or irregular activity.

Read more in our blog ‘What makes a good whistleblowing policy?’ 

How do I deal with anonymous concerns?

Anonymous concerns should be treated with the same urgency as a concern that has come directly from an employee until further steps have been taken to investigate the issue.

Discretion should be used about whether or not you should pursue the matter. If you are unsure whether to take the matter forward then you should contact the appropriate senior manager.

What’s the difference between making a complaint and ‘blowing the whistle’?

Often, the Whistleblower will not have a personal interest in the concern that they are raising and it will be more about the concern of danger to others or illegality. Therefore, they should not be expected to prove the malpractice, they are simply the messenger raising the concern and the appropriate people should be assessing whether or not the allegations are true.

This is different to a complaint, the complaint is usually based on the person complaining about being treated poorly. The person making the complaint will have a vested interest in the complaint and is expected to be able to prove their case.

What is the difference between anonymity and confidentiality?

An employee may give their name only on the condition that it is not revealed without their consent, this is confidentiality.

If an employee raises a concern without giving their name, then this is raising a concern anonymously.

FAQs regarding our Whistleblowing Course

How long does this course take?

This course takes just 15 minutes to complete, including the multiple choice test at the end where you receive your printable certificate.

How long is my certificate valid for?

It is up to the training administrator of the employee as to when the expiry date is set to on the certificates. However, to stay up-to-date with legislation, we recommend that training should be renewed every year.

What approval does this course have?

This course is CPD Accredited

What devices can I complete the course on?

Our courses can be completed on a range of devices, they’re compatible with Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and other tablets.

Documents and resources

  • Sample Whistleblowing Policy

    We have provided a useful sample Whistleblowing Policy for your workplace. This can be personalised to fit your workplaces requirements.