Aims of this Policy
It is important that any criminal behaviour or other wrongdoing by an employee, or any individual undertaking work with the Company is reported and properly dealt with.
This Whistleblowing Policy is underpinned by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (known as the Whistleblowers Act). This gives legal protection to employees against being dismissed or penalised by their employers as a result of publicly disclosing certain serious concerns. The organisation is committed to ensuring that no member of staff should feel at a disadvantage in raising legitimate concerns.
Scope of the Policy
This policy is intended to cover concerns which are in the public interest and may at least initially be investigated separately but might then lead to other procedures e.g. disciplinary. These concerns could include:
Financial malpractice or impropriety or fraud
Failure to comply with a legal obligation or Statutes
Dangers to Health & Safety or the environment
Improper conduct or unethical behaviour
Attempts to conceal any of these
The organisation will treat all such disclosures in a confidential and sensitive manner. The identity of the employee making the allegation may be kept confidential so long as it does not hinder or frustrate any investigation. However, the investigation process may reveal the source of the information and the individual making the disclosure may need to provide a statement as part of the evidence required.
If an employee has a concern, they should first raise it with their line manager, verbally or in writing. If they feel that this person may be involved or do not wish to approach them, then they should approach a company Director.
If the employee feels that the company director may be involved or feel that it is inappropriate to raise this with director, the employee should report the matter to If you need to contact a director outside of your centre, the current contacts are Ginny Bradwell (London) and Stuart Brown (Cambridge).
The organisation will ensure that an investigation takes place and make an objective assessment of the concern. The employee will be kept advised of progress and the organisation will ensure the action necessary to resolve the concern is taken.
In all cases, the employee is encouraged to exhaust First Intution’s internal procedures before contacting external sources such as the Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency etc.