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Society Whistleblower's Policy

15 January 2019

The British Psychological Society aims to provide an open, transparent and safe working environment where staff feel able to speak up. We encourage a free and open culture in the conduct of our activities and in our dealings between managers, employees, volunteers and all people with whom we engage in business and legal relations.

In particular, we recognise that effective and honest communication is essential if concerns about breaches or failures are to be dealt with in a fair and transparent manner.

This policy is designed to provide guidance to all those who work with or within thesociety who may from time to time feel that they need to confidentially raise issues of concern.

This policy aims:

  1. to encourage staff who in the public interest wish to raise concerns under this policy to share such concerns 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.

  2. to provide staff with guidance of what constitutes whistleblowing and how to raise those concerns.

  3. to reassure staff that if they raise genuine concerns under this policy they will not under any circumstances be subjected to any form of detriment or disadvantage as a result of having raised their concerns even if they turn out to be mistaken.


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