1. What is whistleblowing?
Someone ‘blows the whistle’ when they tell their employer, a regulator, customers, the police or the media about a dangerous or illegal activity that they are aware of through their work.
Whistleblowing can inform those who need to know about health and safety risks, potential environmental problems, fraud, corruption, deficiencies in the care of vulnerable people, cover ups and many other problems. Often, it is only through whistleblowing that this information comes to light and can be addressed before real damage is done.