Covers key aspects of the Act including who is protected, what a 'protected disclosure' is, disclosure channels and protections, contracting out and compensation, Code of Practice on whistleblowing, takeaways and the CIPD whistleblower advice line.

The Protected Disclosures Act came into operation in July 2014. The Act aims to promote the disclosure of information relating to wrongdoing in the workplace by offering protection for workers from penalisation in circumstances where they make a protected disclosure.

On a broader level, it is part of an anti-corruption mechanism and a key ingredient in the promotion of a culture of public accountability and transparency. The Act is a single overarching piece of legislation. Prior to its enactment, whistleblowing protection existed on a sectoral basis in areas such as health and competition.

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