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What you need to know if you want to report wrongdoing at work

What is whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing is the term used when someone who works in or for an organisation wishes to raise concerns about malpractice, wrongdoing, illegality or risk in the organisation.

Whistleblowing applies to raising a concern within the organisation as well as externally, such as to a regulator like HIW. 

If you are a healthcare worker and you want to raise a concern

HIW has a special role for people who are thinking about “blowing the whistle” about concerns they have about wrongdoing in healthcare in Wales.  HIW are a “prescribed body” under the whistleblowing laws, so employees, former employees, temporary agency staff or contractors who bring us concerns about their employer’s activities can have some protection for their employment rights.  

We will listen to your concern about wrong doing in healthcare in Wales and explain to you how we can help. We may need to pass on the information you give us to another organisation or regulatory body, if it is more appropriate for them to look into the concern. 

If you disclose information to us, your disclosure is “protected” if you have made it honestly, you believe it is substantially true and you have a reasonable belief that it is about the provision of healthcare in Wales.


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