's report earlier this month suggests that the existing protection afforded to employees is not enough to make sure that concerns are reported early enough to prevent future scandals and disasters.
"set up a confidential legal helpline to advise anyone with a concern about malpractice, risk or danger at work ...
A recent survey by PCAW found that in the past two years 10 per cent of workers had been concerned about a possible danger or serious case of malpractice at work that threatened them, their employer, their colleagues or members of the public.
But many still fear or suffer negative consequences if they speak up," says Cathy James, chief executive of PCAW. "These survey results show that employers have much more to do in order to create a culture where it is safe and accepted for staff to speak up.
PCaW advised her that she was merely passing on the concerns of her team.
She thought that she would be able to, but she again sought PCaW's advice, because she felt that the team might expect her boss to face some sanction.
If you are based in the UK, the whistle-blowing advice line, staffed for the institute by independent experts from PCaW, can help.
The audiocast of a CIMA and PCaW discussion entitled "Is whistle-blowing working?" can be downloaded from www.cimaglobal.com/webcasts.
The helpline advisers can explain how the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 operates (see www.pcaw.co.uk/legislation for more details about the act), although PCaW does not take on cases itself.
PCaW's confidential helpline (020 7404 6609) offers advice to individuals concerned about malpractice at work.
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