~Susan Kramer & Steven Kerr
All Party Parliamentary Group on Whistleblowing
A Whistleblower is defined as "a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public". These individuals are vulnerable to retaliation for their actions and whilst there are laws in place purposed to protect them, sometimes the laws are not adequate or effective in their practical application.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Whistleblowers was set up with the aim to provide stronger protection for whistleblowers.
Our promise is to work to identify where the law adequately fails to protect whistleblowers and, work with industry experts, whistleblowers, regulators and businesses, to recommend positive, effective and practical proposals for change. We are not only aiming to change the current legislation but also the culture and perception of whistleblowers through the work of this APPG.
Identify. Collaborate. Recommend. Change.
APPG for Whistleblowing update
"I would ask you to note that with the dissolution of Parliament the APPG will cease to exist, all communications and social media will cease until after the General Election when we will reconstitute. I look forward to returning to Westminster to carry on our important work"
"Much has been achieved in our first year, culminating in the publication of our first report.
'Whistleblowing; The Personal Cost of Doing the Right Thing and the Cost to Society of Doing Nothing.'
=This has found much resonance and is recognised as an important study into the experiences of whistleblowers. It is the first step in laying the groundwork for greater legal protection for those who risk everything to tell the truth and achieving our goal of developing World Class, Gold Standard whistleblower legislation.
I would like to thank everyone who has engaged with us in the preparation of the report, and in particular pay tribute to all of those who responded to our call for evidence. We recognise how difficult this has been for many of you.
Stephen Kerr MP
Our latest parliamentary report is complete.
We would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone that contributed.
This report explores the personal cost of doing the right thing and the cost to society of ignoring it. It includes statistics from real whistleblowers and their experiences, detailed analysis of the existing issues surrounding whistleblowers and finally, this report proposes recommendations for improvement in the protection and treatment of whistleblowers in the UK.
This APPG report seeks to expose existing issues, change the negative treatment of whistleblowers and
bring forward practical solutions to deliver gold standard whistleblower protection in the UK.
Throughout the APPGs call to evidence many whistleblowers have shared with us their concerns surrounding the misuse of NDAs. The APPG invites you to share your experience and thoughts about the use of Non Disclosure Agreements in whistleblowing cases.
Time to complete. 10 minutes