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Whistleblowing policy

Here are details of the Council's whistleblowing policy and why we have it.

The whistleblowing policy was approved by Calderdale Council on June 27th, 2016. The Council is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. This Council encourages employees with concerns about any aspect of the Council's work, to come forward and voice those concerns.

The policy protects workers in line with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, from reprisals or victimisation where the disclosure is made in good faith and relates to a concern set out in the policy:

This policy benefits the public in Calderdale by encouraging its employees to raise concerns with the Council. It reassures the employees that they will be protected from reprisals or victimisation for whistleblowing. This is in accordance with the 1998 Act, where the disclosure is made to the Council in good faith and relates to a relevant concern. This is important because the Council wants to ensure the wellbeing of all its service users and employees. The Council needs about criminal offence, particularly when any of the following may be occurring:

  • Failure to comply with a legal obligation.
  • Failure to safeguard a child or vulnerable person.
  • A miscarriage of justice.
  • Endangering the health and safety of another.
  • Damage to the environment.
  • Where there is (or is likely to be) concealment of any of the above matters.

The Whistleblowing Policy is a public document and available to download: 

To comment on this policy, please email: 

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