Whistle Blowing

Whistle Blowing policy

Who does this policy apply to and where?

This applies to anyone who is involved around a Navigator ministry.

The Navigators UK are committed to the highest standards of openness, integrity and accountability balanced with appropriate confidentiality
An important aspect of accountability and transparency is a mechanism to enable all those involved to voice concerns in a responsible and effective manner.

This policy is intended to assist individuals who believe they have discovered malpractice or impropriety.

Further Details

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 behaviour
Attempts to conceal any of these
Anything that brings the Navigators into disrepute
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 behaviour.
To prevent the problem worsening or widening.
To protect or reduce risks to others.
To prevent becoming implicated yourself.

Safeguards

a) Protection
This policy is designed to offer protection to those who disclose concerns provided the disclosure is made in good faith.

b) Confidentiality
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

Further Details

Pinpoint the ground for concern. The person raising the concern doesn’t need to prove the allegation, but demonstrate sufficient grounds for concern.
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.

Office manager to contact Country Leader and Chair of Trustees who will appoint an investigating officer.

The person investigating the concern will contact the person reporting the concern with 7 days to inform of any action that will be taken.

Policy date: August 2016
Review date: August 2018

Reporting Form

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 derek.leaf@navigators.co.uk)

Turner House, 54 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ

023 8055 8800

info@navigators.co.uk

Charity numbers:
England & Wales: 1099148
Scotland: SC038484

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