Kildare and Wicklow ETB are fully committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and probity and ensuring that the culture and working environment of KWETB encourages, facilitates and supports any worker of the organisation to ‘speak up’ on any issue that could impinge on the organisations ability to carry out its roles and responsibilities to the highest standards.
The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 provides a framework within which workers can raise concerns regarding potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the workplace in the knowledge that they can avail of significant and other protections for doing so. The Act is available from www.irishstatutebook.ie.
KWETB view protected disclosures as a critical element in the effective governance of KWETB and in fostering a culture of honesty and ethical behaviour. Workers within the organisation are often best placed to identify alleged wrongdoing and KWETB fosters a receptive culture to deal with any alleged offences in an appropriate and timely manner, all the time ensuring the worker is supported effectively.
As required by section 21 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, all public bodies to establish and maintain internal procedures for workers to make protected disclosures. Therefore, KWETB have developed a policy in tandem with the legislation, to encourage workers to report potential wrongdoing in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously and investigated where appropriate, and their confidentiality respected. The policy also details procedures for making a protected disclosure.
KWETB Protected Disclosure Policy and Procedures is available under the Policies section of the KWETB website.
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