Whistle-blowing is about protected disclosure – raising concerns of serious malpractice or wrongdoing in the workplace by workers in a safe manner. Such transparency is a necessary part of building a culture of accountability and this, in turn, is vital in the prevention and detection of fraud, bribery and other corrupt business practices. In order to achieve this, organisations must build an appropriate framework that protects staff who blow the whistle. This half-day inter-active course shows delegates how to do this.
The course places whistle-blowing in its international context before focusing on the position in the UK, reviewing PIDA and subsequent legislation. It then concentrates on organisational needs and takes delegates through a practical 10-step programme that promotes successful whistle-blowing. Effective disclosure of malpractice and wrongdoing is a key part of both control frameworks and organisational culture and delegates will learn how to build and maintain an effective whistle-blowing framework.
Definitions and core principles
International background and context: the changing perceptions of whistleblowers; developing legislation around the world; and headline cases
The law in the UK: The Public Interest Disclosure Act (“PIDA”) 1998 and The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013
What is a “hotline”? How to promote successful reporting channels
The 10 key steps to effective whistle-blowing including: policies; communication and training; effective investigation; and reporting
Whistle-blowing as a key detective control in anti-fraud and corruption programmes
Tone at the top and organisational culture – the power of creating an open, accountable culture, rather than one characterised by blame and fear
Whistle-blowing in action – examples of successful disclosure regimes
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Compliance, ethics and HR professionals; risk officers and risk management professionals; internal auditors; directors with responsibility for compliance matters; managers in both the private and public sector with responsibility for managing legal and regulatory risk; all staff with compliance responsibilities.