What is whistleblowing?
The council has a procedure for confidential reporting that enables employees, councillors or any partners with whom the council works to report serious issues of concern that they have about illegal or illegitimate practices involving the council. This could include misconduct or financial irregularity.
Provided the procedure is followed, the person making the report has the comfort of knowing that the council and the law will protect them from victimisation, discrimination or disadvantage.
Whilst members of the public can use this procedure to raise issues, they are encouraged to use the council's Complaints Procedure.
How will my whistleblowing complaint be dealt with?
All complaints are confidential and will be treated sensitively. We will channel complaints to the most appropriate officer and will keep you informed of who is dealing with the complaint and how.
You will not be given any copies of investigative reports or audits, but we may advise you informally of the conclusions of the investigation.
Not all complaints will warrant a full investigation as it may be that the matter can be resolved informally because the information has been misinterpreted.