Whistle Blowing policy
Who does this policy apply to and where?
This applies to anyone who is involved around a Navigator ministry. Navigators UK
This policy is intended to assist individuals who believe they have discovered malpractice or impropriety.
Scope of Policy
This policy is designed to enable all those involved to raise concerns internally and at a high level and to disclose information which the individual believe raises concerns. These concerns could include:
- Financial malpractice or impropriety or fraud
- Failure to comply with a legal obligation or Statutes
- Dangers to Health & Safety or the environment
- Criminal activity
- Improper conduct or unethical
- Attempts to conceal any of these
- Anything that brings the Navigators into disrepute
Note that any concerns affecting the safeguarding of individuals should be raised using our separate Safeguarding reporting process.
You may be the first to recognise that something is wrong but may not feel able to express your concern out of a feeling that this would be disloyal to colleagues or you may fear harassment or victimisation.
Don’t think what if I am wrong—think what if I am right.
What stops people from whistleblowing?
- Starting a chain of events which spirals.
- Disrupting the work or project.
- Fear of getting it wrong.
- Fear of repercussions or damaging careers.
- Fear of not being believed.
Reasons for whistleblowing
- Each individual has a responsibility for raising concerns about unacceptable practice or
- To prevent the
problemworsening or widening.
- To protect or reduce risks to others.
- To prevent becoming implicated yourself.
This policy is designed to offer protection to those who disclose concerns provided the disclosure is made in good faith.
The Navigators will treat all such disclosures in a confidential and sensitive manner. The identity of the individual making the allegation may be kept confidential so long as it does not hinder or frustrate any investigation. However, the investigation process may reveal the source of the information and the individual making the disclosure may need to provide a statement as part of the evidence required
- 1. Concern noted
- 2. Concern clarified
- 3. Concern reported
- 4. Concern investigated
- 5. Concern followed through
Pinpoint the ground for concern. The person raising the concern doesn’t need to prove the
Make written notes – to be stored confidentially.
Report your concern by using the button on the home page of the Navigators UK website.
If the concern is regarding a member of the office staff, contact the country leader.
If the concern is regarding the Country Leader or a Trustee, contact the Chair of Trustees.
The Office Manager/Country Leader/Chair of Trustees will acknowledge receipt of your concern and allocate a person to follow it up.
The person investigating the concern will contact the person reporting the concern within 7 days to inform of any action that will be taken.
Policy date: August 2016 Updated June 2018
Review date: August 2018
The Navigators UK and the Trustees are committed both to the care of all children, young people and adults at risk involved at any level in our ministry and to responding to any concerns raised about anything within our activities. Please fill in the form below if you have any concerns. The Navigator office manager has the responsibility to follow up any concerns issues raised. (If the concern is about anything related to the Navigator office then please raise then with firstname.lastname@example.org)
Turner House, 54 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ
023 8055 8800
England & Wales: 1099148