Lead Trustee for Whistleblowing
Identified as one of our strategic priorities in our 2019-2024 strategy, whistleblowing ensures people who use our services and who work and volunteer for us feel empowered to speak up or raise a concern. It is all about ensuring that if someone sees something wrong in the workplace, they are able to raise this within the organisation, to a regulator, or wider.
Whistleblowing ultimately protects customers, staff, beneficiaries, and Together itself by identifying harm before it’s too late. This is part of our commitment to involve people who use our services in how services are designed and delivered at both a national and local level.
Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to those duties and responsibilities performed by all Trustees, the Lead Trustee for Whistleblowing:
- is familiar with Together’s Policy on Whistleblowing , and acts as a key consultee for any updates or changes to that policy;
- has knowledge about the wider context to Whistleblowing through reviewing the information publicly available via organisations such as Public Concern at Work;
- acts as an advocate for Whistleblowing matters, ensuring that there is full and appropriate review/challenge of reports brought to the Workforce Committee and that this committee’s views and recommendations are heard by the Board as appropriate;
- acts as a point of reference and advice for the CEO and/or Head of HR who will contact them as appropriate including with regard to any emerging concerns re Whistleblowing including critical individual incidents and emerging patterns of reports;
- advises Together’s Chair in a timely manner of any matters of concern re the above.
The Lead Trustee is supported to discharge their duties and responsibilities through briefings and contact with the relevant staff within the organisation.
For more information view our whistleblowing policy.