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There may be exceptional circumstances where major concerns fall outside the scope of our complaint procedures set out elsewhere in this section. To cover these areas we have a whistleblowing policy.
The whistleblowing policy is a supplement to and not a substitute for other avenues through which complaints or matters of genuine concern may be raised.
Examples of the issues which it might be appropriate to raise through the whistleblowing policy include:
conduct that is a criminal offence or a breach of law
disclosures relating to miscarriage of justice
health and safety risks to the public and/or employees
damage to the environment
the unauthorised use of public funds
possible fraud or corruption
sexual or physical abuse of clients, or
other unethical conduct.
Concerns may also be raised under the whistleblowing policy where the nature of an allegation means that it would not be appropriate to use those other avenues of complaint, for example, where the allegation relates to a more senior officer, or the whistleblower fears reprisals should they make a complaint through other channels.