Whistleblowing: list of prescribed people and bodies

03 June 2015

If an individual wants to report malpractice to someone other than their employer, there is a prescribed list to ensure the correct person or body receives the issue.

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has published an up to date whistleblowing list which details prescribed people and bodies that individuals can report malpractice to, other than their employer.

The whistleblowing list also includes a brief description about the matters that can be reported to each prescribed person or body.

What is whistle blowing?

‘Whistleblowing’ is when a worker reports suspected wrongdoing at work. Officially this is called ‘making a disclosure in the public interest’. A worker can report things that aren’t right, are illegal or if anyone at work is neglecting their duties, including:

  • someone’s health and safety is in danger
  • damage to the environment
  • a criminal offence
  • the company isn’t obeying the law (like not having the right insurance)
  • covering up wrongdoing

Visit GOV.UK for further details on whistle blowing.

Acas also has guidance - Whistle-blowing - Public Interest Disclosure