We provide confidential advice for individuals who have witnessed wrongdoing in their work place but are unsure how to raise their concerns.
We provide training and consultation to organisations so whistleblowing arrangements protect staff, service users and customers as well as reputation.
We campaign for better legal protection for whistleblowers and stronger action from employers, regulators and government on public interest concerns.
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We aim to stop harm by encouraging safe whistleblowing

Protect- formerly Public Concern at Work -  are leading experts in whistleblowing. We have advised around 40,000 people on our free, confidential advice line, trained thousands of managers, senior managers and board members and currently support hundreds of organisations to strengthen their internal whistleblowing or ‘speak up’ arrangements. We were closely involved in setting the scope and detail of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 20 years ago.

We continue to campaign for further amendment and improvements to the whistleblowing framework in the UK.

We do this in three ways:


What is whistleblowing?

Sometimes whistleblowing is called speaking up or raising a concern. It is all about ensuring that if someone sees something wrong in the workplace, they are able to raise this within their organisation, to a regulator, or wider. Whistleblowing ultimately protects customers, staff, beneficiaries, and the organisation itself by identifying harm before it’s too late.

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@personneltoday cover The @guardiannews Ofgem story featuring whistleblowers Protect is supporting. Our CE Francesc… https://t.co/r8C8K06lso

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“The whole of the UK energy market – that’s more than 600,000 workers – are currently being held to ransom over Se… https://t.co/04v32gnUje

10:16 AM Sep 18th

Great coverage in The Sun of the two Ofgem whistleblowers we've been supporting. If you've been affected by the O… https://t.co/HZQb7SmywE

08:37 AM Sep 18th

Read about the Ofgem whistleblowers we've been helping...and why there needs to be change https://t.co/JQm0yW5v3F

02:43 PM Sep 17th

Interesting research from @IBEUK https://t.co/fGhnDbO2Nx

01:15 PM Sep 13th

I'm a whistleblower

Protect – formerly Public Concern at Work – has produced a short-film highlighting the importance of whistleblowing. Featuring Dr Nick Harper, of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation, discussing his experience of whistleblowing in the interest of patient safety. The film marks Speak Up Day for the Institute of Business Ethics 30th anniversary. See all Protect Videos on YouTube ->

Latest News

Chelsea Manning May Be Banned From Entering Australia: Report

2018-08-29T12:51:00Z @ Gizmodo.com

Chelsea Manning to Appear in Sydney via Video Feed From Los Angeles After Visa Trouble

2018-08-31T10:40:00Z @ Gizmodo.com

Chelsea Manning Will Be Denied Entry to Australia, Her Tour Organizer Says

2018-08-30T03:03:12Z @ Time

Your Tesla is probably vulnerable to hackers, but there's an easy fix

2018-09-10T18:29:08Z @ Mashable

Privacy groups ask senators to confirm US surveillance oversight nominees

2018-08-29T18:14:02Z @ TechCrunch

Whistleblower Wayne Barnes prepares to call time on refereeing career

2018-08-29T15:42:16Z @ The Guardian (AU)

President Trump Calls 5-Year Prison Sentence for NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner ‘Unfair’

2018-08-24T12:19:23Z @ Time

Being a whistleblower in tech isn’t easy — here’s why

2018-09-18T09:13:07Z @ The Next Web

Top European Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Regime Violates Human Rights

2018-09-13T16:41:00Z @ Gizmodo.com

The SEC has never been busier investigating both private and public companies in the Bay Area, suggests agency head

2018-09-06T19:50:28Z @ TechCrunch

EU's top court rules against the UK mass surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden

2018-09-14T13:43:37Z @ Boingboing.net

Edward Snowden surveillance powers ruled unlawful

2018-09-13T12:29:33Z @ BBC News

Chelsea Manning may be banned from visiting Australia because she doesn't meet the country's 'character' test

2018-08-30T01:47:03Z @ Google News

'Ofgem made my life hell': whistleblowers say they were threatened by regulator

2018-09-17T14:05:03Z @ The Guardian (AU)

European court rules against Britain over mass surveillance

2018-09-13T14:43:35Z @ Yahoo.com

Mormon fighting to end youth interviews ousted from faith - Fox News

2018-09-16T19:59:10Z @ Fox News

Straßburger Urteil: Britische Internetüberwachung verletzt Menschenrechte

2018-09-13T11:04:33Z @ Spiegel Online

Mormon fighting to end youth interviews ousted from faith

2018-09-16T20:13:08Z @ Yahoo.com

Eu Censorship article removed by out of control censorship machine

2018-08-18T07:21:07Z @ Juliareda.eu

Axelrod: Here's my question for the NYT op-ed writer

2018-09-06T16:48:38Z @ CNN



Law & Policy


If you’ve seen, heard or suspect wrongdoing in your workplace, or know of a serious risk or accident ‘waiting to happen’- we can help.

Maybe you work in a bank or financial services and suspect fraud, or you have seen neglect or abuse in a care home. Perhaps you, or someone you know has told you about a serious public health risk to consumers.

Speaking up can help stop the problem before it gets any worse. It could even prevent the wrongdoing, risk or danger, happening in the first place. We advise people who want to alert either the employer, regulator or even the media about wrongdoing.

There are different terms used to explain whistleblowing – speaking up, raising concerns, or whistleblowing – but all mean the very same thing. Some organisations prefer to use ‘speaking up’ instead of the word whistleblowing.

We cannot advise on private employment matters, such as pay disputes, holiday entitlement, bullying or discrimination issues which aren’t public interest matters. What we can do is offer advice and support if you’ve been victimised, dismissed or forced out of your job for raising whistleblowing concerns.

If you need advice please see our advice line page or call us on 020 3117 2520

As an employer, how can you give your staff confidence to speak up about wrongdoing?

Working with Protect means your organisation is leading the way in good whistleblowing arrangements. Protect offers your staff a real alternative to silence, by giving them the confidence to speak up to stop harm.

We support hundreds of thousands of workers from all sectors with our expertise through business support packages, training and consultancy.

Whether you are designing a whistleblowing policy and procedures or evaluating established arrangements, our Whistleblowing Benchmark – the first of its kind – offers your organisation practical steps, telling you what you should be doing, and when.

Find out more

Law & Policy

Protect has over 25 years experience of campaigning for better legal protection and better public policy towards whistleblowers and the public interest concerns they are raising.

We do this in a variety of ways:

  • We lobby Government, MPs, regulators and other stakeholders on policy issues effecting whistleblowing;
  • We respond to consultations, inquires and propose amendments to legislation in Parliament on issues that are relevant to whistleblowing;
  • We carry out research into whistleblowing;
  • We promote public interest whistleblowing internationally.

Read more about our policy work here.