Blowing the whistle: don’t get caught off side! (MANCHESTER)
19th May 2015
At this free mock whistleblowing investigation you will witness an extract of an investigation meeting conducted by a line manager into allegations surrounding questionable practices that have been going on in the business.
The mock trial is taking place on Tuesday 19th May, 8.30am – 11.30am, at our office in Manchester.
The workshop will involve listening to the account of the “whistleblower” whilst being questioned by a manager. In small groups you will discuss and feedback how, if your business was faced with the same issues, you would investigate the allegations to protect the business. Common issues for those investigating such allegations include:
- How do I prepare for the investigation meeting?
- How do I decide what questions to ask?
- How do I decide which procedure to follow – grievance or whistleblowing?
- How do I decide whether the worker has a “reasonable belief”?
- How do I go about investigating allegations involving senior individuals?
- What steps can I take to prevent the worker going external?
Research carried out by the whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work (PCaW) and the University of Greenwich after having monitored 1000 cases from the PCaW advice line, found that the majority of whistleblowers (44%) raise a concern only once, and a further 39% will go on to raise a concern for a second time. This shows that employers usually have up to two opportunities to listen and respond to a concern. Alarmingly 60% of those who called the PCaW advice line did not report any response from management.
The most common type of wrongdoing that the allegations centred on were ethical and financial concerns followed closely by work safety. The top six industry sectors which were the subject of whistleblowing allegations were health, education, charities, care, local government and financial services.
The mock whistleblowing investigation will give you an understanding of your role as an investigator. It will highlight key skills such as how to ask “open questions”, evidence gathering, listening under pressure and internal and regulatory reporting requirements so that you are able to respond confidently and effectively to situations concerning whistleblowing issues.
8.30am – Registration & breakfast
9.00am – Mock trial begins
11.30am – Close
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