The Council is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. In line with that commitment we expect employees, and others that we deal with, who have serious concerns about any aspect of the Council's work to come forward and voice those concerns. It is recognised that most cases will have to proceed on a confidential basis. It may not always be possible to keep identities confidential due to legal requirements or other practical issues concerning an investigation but wherever possible and where the employee requests it confidentiality will be protected.
The Whistleblowing Policy makes it clear that you can do so without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage. This Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees to raise serious concerns within the Council rather than overlooking a problem or 'blowing the whistle' outside.
The Policy applies to all employees, volunteers and those contractors working for the Council on Council premises, for example, agency staff, builders or drivers. It also covers suppliers and those providing services under a contract with the Council in their own premises.
These procedures are in addition to the Council's complaints procedures and other statutory reporting procedures applying to some departments. You are responsible for making service users aware of the existence of these procedures.