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New whistleblowing policy is agreed

25 November 2021

On 18 November 2021 Cabinet agreed a new whistleblowing policy which will replace our whistleblowing confidential reporting code.

The new policy is designed to allow those we employ, members of the public or organisations to come forward and disclose serious allegations of wrongdoing, malpractice or illegality involving the actions of our employees, councillors, contractors or any aspect of our activities.

The whistleblowing policy provides individuals or organisations who disclose information with protection from subsequent victimisation, discrimination or disadvantage.

The policy sets out how we will handle and respond to any whistleblowing allegations and seeks to:

  • encourage employees and members of the public or their representatives to feel confident in raising concerns or allegations in the public interest about suspected serious wrongdoing in the council and its services without fear of reprisals or victimisation even where the concern or allegations are not subsequently confirmed by the investigation
  • give a clear message that allegations of serious wrongdoing or impropriety are taken seriously
  • ensure that where the disclosure proves to be well founded, the individuals responsible for such serious wrongdoing will be held accountable for their actions
  • set out what employees and members of the public can expect by way of confidentiality and protection when making a whistleblowing disclosure
  • identify independent support for employees who wish to make a whistleblowing disclosure

The full whistleblowing policy can be accessed on the Derbyshire County Council website.