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What is Whistleblowing Training?
Whistleblowing could encourage a culture of openness and accountability, empower workers, and create an organisation that rejects wrongdoing. It creates an environment where workers can feel safe and protected from potential harm.
This blog will discuss whistleblowing, its training, who needs this kind of training and what this training includes.
What is whistleblowing?
Whistleblowing is when an employer provides specific information to the employer or a regulator raising concerns regarding danger or illegality that affects others. It could mean highlighting possible unlawful activities in the organisation, failure to comply with legal obligations, miscarriages of justice, or reporting health and safety risks of individuals or the environment.
The disclosure must be in the public interest, meaning it must affect others, for example, the general public. The whistleblower is not directly or personally affected by the danger or illegality, although they may be.
Does the law protect whistleblowers?
Protection for whistleblowers in the UK is provided under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA), which amends the Employment Rights Act 1996. Employees who make "protected disclosures" under the PIDA can claim unfair dismissal if their contracts are terminated. They are protected from other detriments, such as a refusal to offer promotion, facilities or training opportunities.
A whistleblower is protected by law if the report is any of the following:
- A criminal offence
- Someone's health and safety are in danger
- The risk or actual damage to the environment
- A miscarriage of justice
- The company is breaking the law
- You believe someone is covering up wrongdoing.
What is whistleblowing training?
A whistleblowing training explains the importance of whistleblowing within a company. It discusses when and why employees should report illegal activities within the workplace and how to do it appropriately for their job security.
This training covers different legislation to protect employees if they whistleblow and explains why we should implement a whistleblowing policy and its importance. It will help employers and employees better understand whistleblowing's benefits and remove stigmas attached to it.
Who needs whistleblowing training?
This training is perfect for both employers and employees because it shows the importance of reporting misconduct, dangerous behaviour, or acts of wrongdoing within the workplace.
It helps employees know how to properly whistleblow to protect their rights. It will also benefit employers, as it provides the proper learning on a whistleblowing policy and the codes of practice.
This training is also beneficial for the following:
- All healthcare professionals
- Staff members in the private and public sector
- Support workers and domiciliary care workers
- Community service workers
- Professionals in social care
- Any individual who wants to know more about the course.
What does a whistleblowing training course include?
The Mandatory Training Group offers two whistleblowing training courses, the Whistleblowing in Primary Care – E-Learning Course - CPDUK Accredited and Whistleblowing in Secondary Care – E-Learning Course - CPDUK Accredited.
Whistleblowing training includes the following:
- Whistleblowing policy
- Freedom to speak up
- What to expect when you speak up
- The support when you speak up
- Benefits of Whistleblowing
- Whistleblowing and the Law
This training helps employees understand the appropriate ways to whistleblow to protect their rights. It will also benefit employers, as it gives relevant knowledge on whistleblowing policies and codes of practice.
Where can I find online training courses for whistleblowing?
The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited whistleblowing training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.Alternatively, you can contact our helpful Support Team clicking here to tell us more abot your training courses requirements for whistleblowing.
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Frequently asked questions and answers about whistleblowing
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