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Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing is a double-edged sword and all too often it harms the principled, good faith employees who wield it.

Overview

Author(s): Charles Sampford and Hugh Breakey

Whistleblowing involves a member of an organisation releasing information (either to the public or to public authorities) on wrongdoing within that organisation. It is a feature of most contemporary integrity systems and interlinks in several important ways with the professions.

This title explains the nature of whistleblowing, and its many different types. It notes whistleblowing’s associated risks and costs, and describes the ways whistleblowing can be morally justified and legally protected. It considers the specific ways whistleblowing relates to the professions – including through professional codes and professional bodies.