A whistleblowing disclosure can be protected in a number of circumstances, one of which is when it is made to a person prescribed to receive disclosures about the matters concerned (a prescribed person) and certain requirements are met. A statutory list of prescribed persons was introduced on 1 October 2014. On 1 February 2016 the Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2015 came into force which amends and updates the original list.
If an individual choses to make a disclosure to a prescribed person they must ensure they make it to the correct person or body for the issue. For example, if a disclosure was to be made about broadcasting malpractice the appropriate prescribed person is the Office of Communications. The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has published a list of prescribed persons to coincide with the amendment coming into force which includes a short description of the types of issue that can be raised with each person.