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Whistleblowing in health and social care

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Raising concerns at work, often known as whistleblowing, is the act of reporting a concern about a risk, wrongdoing or illegality at work, in the public interest.

Raising concerns should be the norm and accepted as an important part of people’s day-to-day work as they reflect on their professional practice and work to improve their service. Whistleblowing is an early warning system that gives managers an opportunity to put things right before anything catastrophic happens.

It is a big step for many people and we know that staff who speak up can often feel isolated and stressed.

If you witness or suspect serious wrongdoing or poor practice at work and are unsure what to do, you can discuss whether or how to raise your concern with independent, knowledgeable staff at the Whistleblowing Helpline. We will help you identify how best to raise your concern. We aim to promote effective and safe whistleblowing so that staff feel informed and confident to raise their concerns at an early stage.

The communication of whistleblowing policies and training of staff is crucial to support good practices and procedures. The Helpline can advise on training for managers and for staff and can help organisations to raise awareness with a range of free materials.

Please get in touch if you want to know more.

You can also download our Raising Concerns at Work Guidance available on our website which provides information and advice for health and social care staff and managers.

The Whistleblowing Helpline offers free*, confidential and independent advice about whistleblowing processes to people working in the NHS and adult social care.

The Helpline can be reached by telephoning 08000 724725, emailing or visiting

The helpline is available between 08.00 and 18.00 with and out of hours answering service on weekends and public holidays.

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