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The Protection of Whistle Blowers.
You're protected under the law if you reveal to those in positions of authority -'blow the whistle on'- suspected malpractice at work. Find out about the types of disclosure you can make, who to make them to and what to do if you suffer for whistleblowing.
Public Interest and the law
The law that protects whistleblowers is for the public interest - so people are encouraged to speak out if they find malpractice in an organisation. They can do so knowing they're protected from losing their job and/or being victimised. Blowing the whistle is more formally known as 'making a disclosure in the public interest'.
You're protected from victimisation as a whistleblower if you meet all of the following:
-you're a 'worker'
-you're revealing information of the right type (a 'qualifying disclosure')
-you reveal it to the right person, and in the right way (making it a 'protected disclosure')
The types of malpractice the law covers are:
-failure to comply with a legal obligation
-miscarriages of justice
-threats to peoples health and safety
-damage to the environment