The Whistleblowing Best Practice Guide can be accessed here. This short guide highlights three key elements to having effective whistleblowing arrangements. These are 1) have a clear, readily accessible and well-publicised written procedure detailing how concerns should be raised and how concerns will be dealt with, 2) make provision for independent oversight - perhaps by the Board, a risk committee of similar body - of the whistleblowing arrangements and 3) review the whistleblowing arrangements periodically. The guide sets out a number of PCaW's best practice tips in respect of each key element.
The Whistleblowing Code of Practice: Insight and Experience report can be accessed here. As well as including more best practice tips from PCaW, it also provides useful practical examples of ways in which organisations have taken steps to effectively implement whistleblowing arrangements. These include promoting the whistleblowing arrangements, ensuring commitment from leadership and, again, having in place a review system. There is also interesting feedback around areas of the Code that organisations have found difficult to implement, as well as where organisations have encountered obstacles around making the Whistleblowing Code a reality, all aimed at assisting other organisations with over coming these hurdles.
All organisations face the risk of something going wrong and the sooner they are alerted to it, the sooner the problem can be solved. Usually the first people to be aware of a risk are those who work within an organisation. Implementation of a clear and effective whistleblowing policy is an important business tool for addressing these risks Both the guide and the report provide effective practical advice on how best to implement a whistleblowing policy.