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Whistleblowing policy

1. Policy overview

1.1    The council expect the highest standards of conduct from all employees, and for everyone employed by the councils to act with honesty, integrity, and to represent the council to the best of their ability. In line with that commitment the Council expects employees and others who it deals with who have concerns about any aspect of the Council's work to come forward and voice these concerns. It is recognised that most cases will have to proceed on a confidential basis.

1.2    This Policy makes it clear that you can report concerns without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage. The Policy has been written with regard to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and follows the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Whistleblowing Guidance for Employers and Code of Practice (March 2015) and is intended to encourage and enable employees to raise concerns rather than overlooking them.

1.3    This policy applies to all employees (including those designated as casual, temporary, authorised volunteers or individuals gaining work experience), elected Members and those contractually working for the Council on its premises. It also covers suppliers and those providing services under a partnership arrangement with the Council.  Members of the public are also encouraged to report their concerns via this Policy. It is intended to encourage and enable you to raise serious concerns within the Council rather than ignoring a problem or 'blowing the whistle' outside.

1.4    The Council expects all organisations that deal with it and who have serious concerns about any aspect of the Council's work to also come forward and voice their concerns via this policy.

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