LLEP is committed to conducting its business with honesty and integrity and it expects all staff to maintain high standards of conduct. All organisations, however, face the risk of things going wrong from time to time, or of unknowingly harbouring illegal or unethical conduct. A culture of openness and accountability is essential in order to prevent such situations occurring or to address them when they do occur.
The aims of this policy are:
- To encourage staff to report suspected wrongdoing as soon as possible, in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously and investigated as appropriate and that their confidentiality will be respected.
- To provide staff with guidance as to how to raise those concerns.
- To reassure staff that they should be able to raise genuine concerns without fear of reprisals, even if they turn out to be mistaken.
This policy aims to explain what constitutes a whistleblowing complaint, how to raise one, how it will be dealt with and what protection is afforded to a legitimate whistleblower.