What disclosures qualify for protection under the Act?
This Act protects workers from detrimental treatment or victimisation from their employer if, in the public interest, they blow the whistle on wrongdoing. (The Act applies in England, Wales and Scotland and there is parallel legislation for Northern Ireland: the Public Interest Disclosure (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.).
The legislation aims to increase the accountability of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors by enabling workers to bring to light wrongdoing confidentially and without detriment to them.
Workers (employees, contractors, trainees or agency staff) who are aware of wrongdoing within the food industry, including where they suspect or witness a breach in the welfare of an animal at slaughter, can disclose that wrongdoing with the benefit of the protections the Act affords, if they raise their concerns in accordance with the Act's provisions.
Local authority officers who wish to report significant performance related concerns about their local authority, another local authority or another officer, should where possible use the standard whistleblowing arrangements that exist in all local authorities for the investigation of such issues. However, if officers feel unable to use the local authority’s own reporting arrangements, they can contact us and their concerns will be investigated in line with our whistle-blowing policy.