Witnessed something in your workplace that makes you uncomfortable? Want to Report it but you know how unsupported whistleblowers truly are. You may feel torn, wanting to do the right thing, but scared.
It is very sad that we have to dedicate space on a web site to whistleblowers, but the harsh reality is whistleblowing is part of our care system. Why? Because our Regulator and care systems do not do the job of keeping people safe.
A whistleblower who worked in a care home, obtained visual evidence to back up ignored allegations. They have shared with us the following information and guidance.
"I am not trying to scare you - but you have to look at the process of Whistleblowing with logic and take out the emotional part. Just because you are doing a good deed, whistleblowing does not mean the favour will be returned.
The following could be a direct impact of your decision to Whistleblow. It can have a direct impact on you and your family ......"
Loss of relationship
Loss of home
Loss of friendships over it
You may be blacklisted in the area you live finding future work harder to obtain
You may be targeted from the company you whistleblew against
You may have to move from the area you live in
You may have you good name & reputation targeted and tarnished
It may effect your long term health
You may be abused in the street from former colleagues
You may be abused in the street from strangers associated to the company
It may turn your whole world upside down
It may make you alienated from society
"You have to carefully consider the driving factor of your reason to Whistleblow and the possible outcome against what could possibly stand to lose."
"WHAT ARE YOUR REASONS FOR WHISTLEBLOWING? You need to clearly define your objectives of what you hope to achieve and the issues you are Whistleblowing against."
"Have you seen something bad at work? Can the Company or Senior management be trusted to go to them with what you have seen? Has anyone done it before and what was the outcome? What is pulling your strings? Revenge, financial gain, to destabilise the company, to tell the truth, raise awareness, protect someone, protect a group of people, social duty, family pressure?"
"You may consider obtaining recorded evidence to back up your allegations, as you know your concerns would be dismissed."
"Part 1 - GENERAL QUESTIONS. What is your time frame for your Surveillance work? What if you run out of time? Will you use photography or video footage? Will you be taking or copying confidential paperwork? What if you are exposed before you can finish your surveillance work? What if you are threatened by people or the company? How are you going to present your findings - Media Newspapers TV Government Complaints Body Online via Website & Social Media Printed Materials - Flyers & Posters? Will you remain anonymous or put your name to it?"
"Part 2 - TARGET AREA. Who and what at work do you need to put under Surveillance? Does it happen all the time or a set periods? How close can you get to without being detected? Is it out of your normal work arena? Be mindful of unassociated vulnerable people and staff, only record what is necessary."
"Part 3 - COMPANY SECURITY. Does the company employ CCTV surveillance? Who has access to it and how often is it reviewed? Does you company conduct a search policy when finished work? Are internal Security Personal employed?"
"Part 4 - EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. Expect to uncover more than you bargained for. Expect colleagues to become allies through fate and exposure. Expect to find out about colleagues that may leave you in a difficult position. Expect to learn about what you are capable of under extreme pressure."
"BE PREPARED At some point during your surveillance there is the possibility of being caught out at work. You need to have something mentally prepared for damage limitation - you may have an opportunity to still carry on your good work by throwing the scent off. Work may have a suspicion and try and employ mind games with you."
"You may have to ditch your surveillance kit to avoid detection if it gets too much - back off for a week or two. The pressure of doing what you are doing may get to you, it may consume every hour you have, it may send you down a path you are not mentally prepared for. PLEASE DON'T take any unecessary risks, expose yourself to danger, break the Law, tell others at work what you are doing, let your emotions cloud your judgement, let it take over your life, suffer in silence - if it is getting too much walk away or Whistleblow early."
"ALWAYS REMEMBER Why you are doing this and who you are trying to protect. Be mindful of the privacy and dignity of the vulnerable and fellow colleagues in the care home. Stay safe and good luck with your Whistleblowing efforts." Anon whistleblower
Disclaimer - This information is intended as a reference guide only to help you if you are considering being a whistleblower. This must not be used for illegal purposes. We will not condone or help with any aspect that will break the law.