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Whistleblowing

What is it?

The council is committed to the highest possible standards of transparency, probity and accountability. We would therefore encourage employees and those with whom we work in partnership to come forward with any serious concerns they may have about any aspect of the council's work. The earlier a concern is raised, the easier it is to take action and deal with the matter.

Whistleblowing is a procedure that enables serious concerns over malpractice or wrongdoing to be raised without fear of victimisation, discrimination or harassment.

Make a referral

  • Make a whistleblowing referral online
  • Contact us to make a referral: 01925 442360 (confidential 24 hour answerphone)
    Please note that our telephony software will identify the number you are calling from unless you use caller blocking (dial 141 before the number). Referrals made using the online facility do not show your identity in any way.

How will my referral be dealt with?

All referrals are confidential and your identity will not be disclosed without your consent. We will pass your referral to the most appropriate officer for investigation and we will keep you informed of progress. Not all complaints will require a full investigation - there may be insufficient evidence to proceed or the matter may be resolved informally.

You will not be given copies of any investigative reports, but we will advise you of the outcome of the investigation as soon as it is completed.

Download the Whistleblowing Procedure (pdf).

This process is mainly intended for use by employees of the council, its partners and those organisations who contract to provide services on the council's behalf. Members of the public may use this process, but are encouraged in the first instance to use the council's complaints procedure.

If you wish to tell us of a suspected case of benefit fraud, please use the council's dedicated benefit fraud reporting procedures.