The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 gives legal protection to employees who raise certain matters or concerns, known as 'qualifying disclosures', without fear of reprisal. As a Board member, you should ensure that your public body has a whistleblowing policy and appropriate procedures in place. This will allow staff to raise concerns on a range of issues such as fraud, health and safety etc. without having to go through the normal management structure. Audit Scotland has published guidance on employers' and employees' responsibilities in relation to whistleblowing.
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