Protect (a charity that provides independent advice and information on whistleblowing) gives the following explanation of whistleblowing:

'When someone blows the whistle they are raising a concern about danger or illegality that affects others (e.g. customers, members of the public, or their employer).  The person blowing the whistle is usually not directly, personally affected by the danger or illegality.  Consequently, the whistleblower rarely has a personal interest in the outcome of any investigation into their concern - they are simply trying to alert others.'

South Oxfordshire District Council's policy aims to address serious concerns about inappropriate behaviour that is not covered by other procedures.  Concerns may be about the following (the list is not exhaustive):

  • any criminal offence, particularly fraud or corruption 
  • unauthorised use of public funds
  • a failure to comply with a legal obligation
  • the endangering of an individual's health and safety
  • damage to the environment
  • actions contrary to the councils- standing orders, contracts procedure rules, financial regulations or policies
  • actions or behaviour that fall below established standards of employment practice, including councillor and employee codes of conduct
  • a person abusing their position for any unauthorised purpose or for personal gain
    harassment, discrimination or victimisation
  • the deliberate concealment of information relating to any of the above matters
  • other unethical conduct or any intention to conceal any of the above.

Using the link to the policy on this page you can find out more about:

  • what the policy covers and does not cover,
  • how the council will protect the whistleblower,
  • how to raise a concern,
  • who to contact,
  • how the council will respond,
  • help for a whistleblower.

Although this is an internal policy it also applies to members of the public.

For further information contact Democratic services team (see contact details on this page).

Last reviewed: 30 - 10 - 2019

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