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Submission to the Call for Evidence on The Whistleblowing Framework

Submission to the Call for Evidence on The Whistleblowing Framework

Vandekerckhove, Wim ORCID: 0000-0002-0106-7915 and James, Cathy (2013) Submission to the Call for Evidence on The Whistleblowing Framework. Department of Business, Innovation, & Skills. (Submitted)

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Abstract

This paper draws on data (868 cases) from the Public Concern at Work advice line database. In particular, it examines how successful whistleblowing was when a concern was raised with a regulator, in comparison with other recipients of whistleblower concerns.
Our findings make it plausible to conclude that whistleblowing to a regulator results in more successful whistleblowing compared to internal and other external recipients. Overall, it is safer and has a better chance of effecting action to stop wrongdoing.
Hence, our conclusion is also that the option taken in the Public Interest Disclosure Act to identify regulators and prescribed persons as designated recipients external to an organisation, and acting on the public's behalf should be maintained.
However, our findings also suggest this system can be improved, so that regulators perform better in their role. Problems and recommendations identified in our research are listed in the table below.
These findings and recommendations are relevant to questions 16, 17, 18, and 19 in the BIS Call for Evidence on The Whistleblowing Framework (July 2013).

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: whistleblowing, regulators
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:31
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13113

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