Last updated: 9 October 2017

How to 'blow the whistle'

The way a worker can 'blow the whistle' on wrongdoing depends on whether they feel they can tell their employer.

  1. The worker should check their employment contract or ask human resources or personnel if their company has a whistleblowing procedure.
  2. If they feel they can, they should contact their employer about the issue they want to report.
  3. If they can't tell their employer, they should contact a prescribed person or body.

A worker can only tell the prescribed person or body if they think their employer:

  • will cover it up
  • would treat them unfairly if they complained
  • hasn't sorted it out and they've already told them

For example, Laura knows the director of her bank is stealing clients' money - she reports it to the Financial Conduct Authority, not her employer.

How to 'blow the whistle'