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Freedom of Information Request

An external whistleblower is making a disclosure to your Authority about a matter in respect of which you are a prescribed body.

Received: 4 March 2020

I write seeking information about your LA's role as a prescribed body under the Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) Order 1999.
External whistleblower is make a disclosure to LA about a matter in respect of which you are a prescribed body.

Q1Does Barnet take action to protect external whistleblowers from unjustified treatment by their employers or others?
Please select one of the below answers if possible '
i. Yes (please explain what action is taken)
ii. No

Q2 Does any protection against unjustified treatment provided by your organisation extend to persons reporting on behalf of external whistleblowers?
i. Yes (please explain what action is taken)
ii. No

Q3 Does any protection extend to proposed or intended unjustified action against an external whistleblower contemplated by his/her employer or another in respect of the disclosure?
i. Yes (please explain what action is taken)
ii. No

Q4 Does Barnet offer any reward or bounty for information received from an external whistleblower in respect of information about which you are the prescribed body or person?
i. Yes
ii. No

Q5 Does your organisation publish for the public a step by step guide on how it follows up on external whistleblower information?
i. Yes
ii. No

Q6 Where your organisation does not feel itself to be legally competent to engage with a disclosure made by an external whistleblower, do you have a policy and process to refer that disclosure to another prescribed body/person/regulator or other agency better placed to deal with it?
i. Yes (please provide a copy of the policy, where written)
ii. No

Q7 Where in the circumstances described in Q6 above, your L A passes information to another prescribed body etc., do you have a policy and process to advise the external whistleblower that the disclosure has been passed to another body etc?
i. Yes (please provide a copy of the policy, where written)
ii. No

Q8 Where an external whistleblower may be dissatisfied with his/her dealings with your LA, is there an appeals policy and process which engage someone who is independent of the investigating department?
i. Yes (please provide a copy of the policy, where written)
ii. No
iii. Not known

Q9 Does your LA publish FAQ to advise and assist external whistleblowers considering making a disclosure to you?
i. Yes (please provide the FAQ or direct me to it)
ii. No

Q10 Does all your staff which communicates with or otherwise manages external whistleblowers receive specialist and on-going training for that purpose?
i. Yes
ii. No

Q11 Where, following a disclosure to your LA by an external whistleblower about a matter for which you are prescribed, an alleged act of retaliation occurs against the external whistleblower by the employer or another person, does your organisation investigate the alleged act of retaliation?
i. Yes
ii. No
iii. It would depend on the facts
Q12 Please describe what criteria you consider in deciding whether to investigate information received from an external whistleblower about a matter in respect of which you are prescribed?

Q13 Does your organisation distinguish between public complaints and external whistleblowers?
i. Yes (please describe the essential differences in approach between managing public complaints and external whistleblower disclosures)
ii. NO
Q14 Apart from any information on your website, does your organisation undertake any

Outcome / Documents

  • Response (all information to be supplied) - application/pdf - Download

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