Part 5 - Appendix 1 - Whistle-blowing procedure
We will acknowledge receipt of your concern within 10 working days. We will assess it and consider what action may be appropriate. This may involve an informal review, an internal inquiry or a more formal investigation. We will tell you who will be handling the matter, how you can contact them, and what further assistance we may need from you. We will write to you summarising your concern and setting out how we propose to handle it and provide a timetable for feedback. If we have misunderstood the concern or there is any information missing please let us know.
When you raise the concern it will be helpful to know how you think the matter might best be resolved. If you have any personal interest in the matter, we do ask that you tell us at the outset. If we think your concern falls more properly within our grievance, bullying and harassment or other relevant procedure, we will let you know.
Whenever possible, we will give you feedback on the outcome of any investigation. Please note, however, that we may not be able to tell you about the precise actions we take where this would infringe a duty of confidence we owe to another person. If you have raised a concern anonymously we will not be able to write to you.
While we cannot guarantee that we will respond to all matters in the way that you might wish, we will strive to handle the matter fairly and properly. By using this policy you will help us to achieve this.
If at any stage you experience reprisal, harassment or victimisation for raising a genuine concern please contact the HR Advice Line via Contact Us on 01452 425888. Choose the HR option which is staffed by HR professionals. You may also wish to contact your trade union representative (if you are a trade union member).
There is also the Dignity at Work network which is a group of officers who are one of the first points of contact for any employee who believes they are experiencing unacceptable behaviour. You can email the Dignity at Work inbox or an up to date list of officers can be found on the Dignity at Work network page.
Alternatively you can contact any of the people on the 'how to raise a concern internally' tab, Protect for independent and confidential advice, or your trade union representative.