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Your organisation should have a written whistle-blowing policy.
A whistle-blowing policy should:
- make clear the importance your organisation attaches to the identification and rectification of malpractice
- define malpractice and identify the standard of conduct required of employees
- specific to whom employees should report suspected malpractice
- set out the mechanism for investigating alleged malpractice
- allow whistle-blowers, where possible, to disclose information in confidence and remain anonymous
- stress that no disciplinary action will be taken against whistle-blowers in respect of disclosures made in good faith
- consider whether an external body should be identified as an alternative to the employer's procedure.
Source: Published with permission from Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness. This material is taken from Tools for Success: doing the right things and doing them right", published in October 2008. Download or buy your copy from Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness.
It can be hard to write a policy from scratch. There are a number of websites which contain sample policies you can download. These are intended as guidance only.
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