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Whistleblowing policy

6. Confidentiality

6.1     It is essential for all concerned that disclosures of wrongdoing or irregularity are dealt with properly, quickly and discreetly. This is in the interests of the Council, its employees, any persons who are the subject of such allegations, as well as the person making the disclosure.

6.2     All concerns will be treated in confidence and every effort will be made not to reveal your identify if you do not want your name to be disclosed, we will not normally reveal it without your consent. It must be appreciated, however, that the investigation process may reveal the source of the information and you may need to come forward as a witness and provide a statement as part of the evidence. If a situation arises where we are not able to resolve the concern without revealing your identity we will discuss with you whether and how we can proceed. Despite your request for confidentiality, there may be circumstances where the councils must disclose your identity.

6.3     It may be possible to establish the truth about allegations from another independent source and the Council will seek to do this wherever possible.

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