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Time for Change Review

Whistleblowing: Time for change

Public Concern at Work has released Whistleblowing: Time for change (August 2016) a review of the charity’s activities looking back over the past five years.

The review highlights:

Cathy James OBE, Chief Executive of PCaW said: “Over the past five years the landscape for whistleblowers has changed immensely. There has never been a time when whistleblowers have been held in such high regard by the public – with widespread support of the view that whistleblowers are performing a public service. There has been legal reform, promising greater protection for whistleblowers and generating greater requirements on regulators. But this is a tale of two sides. While ostensibly the situation for whistleblowers has improved, we are still seeing so much harm, in all parts of our society, where effective whistleblowing could have resulted in early detection and prevention of wrongdoing.''

She added, ''Whistleblowing: Time for change highlights an urgent need for action to change the outcomes for whistleblowers. For too long we have relied on brave individuals who rightly fear serious consequences for doing the right thing. More individuals should be made aware of their rights and access to support and organisations must improve how they encourage, support and protect staff who speak up. We cannot afford another public disaster because an organisation failed to ensure their staff could speak up and be heard.”

Read Whistleblowing: Time for Change - A 5 year review

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