Chelmsford City Council

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We are committed to the highest possible standards of openness and accountability.

Our whistleblowing policy ensures anyone can report suspected wrongdoing or malpractice that they reasonably believe is in the public interest. The policy gives protected disclosure, meaning people can raise their concerns in confidence without fear of harassment, reprisal or disadvantage.

We fully investigate all whistle blowing complaints that we receive, and take appropriate actions.

The types of issues that you might want to report include:

  • breaches of a legal obligation
  • corruption or fraud
  • a miscarriage of justice
  • a danger to the health or safety of any individual or damage to the environment
  • abuse of power or authority
  • failure to comply with professional standards, Council policies or Codes of practice

The wrongdoing can apply to:

  • our employees
  • elected Members
  • any contractors, agency staff, suppliers or consultants in the course of their work for us

To submit a report, you will need:

  • your name, address and contact details, unless you want make your report anonymously
  • to tell us whether or not you want us to treat the report anonymously
  • the name of individual your complaint is about
  • details of the complaint
  • the dates the action occurred
  • a detailed description of the whistleblowing complaint
  • their names and contact details of any witnesses
  • to tell us how you want us to resolve your complaint

Once we receive your report, we will:

  • acknowledge it within five working days of receiving it

  • assess it within five days, and decide what actions we need to take to deal with it

  • keep you informed of any steps we intend to take, including the timescales

  • inform you of the outcome

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