Whistle blowing policy

One for those with a greater search ability of sharwpoint than me.

Where would i find thw RAFAC whistle blowing policy?

The policy is report the problem… and the issue is swept away.

HQAC and their magic brush!

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There is a confidential reporting poster you should have up at your Sqn. If not I’m sure you can find it on Bader.

You need to follow your concerns through chain of command and that needs to be your last port of call.

Done that already. Need to get some teflon underwear to stop the ■■■■ storm that will be coming my way.

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We’re you caught trying to steal OG trousers? :joy:

I’ll have a look in the morning if no one has found it by then.

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I’m sure he’ll sell you some for the right price

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Don’t think I’ve ever read an actual policy, on the ATC (and I don’t have time to look, possibly ACP20?) but I would assume that it would be the same as in most other government organisations. There would be an expectation that you would have at least attempted to use your chain of Command (or if the problem is with your chain of Command to go over their heads even if it means going straight to Dawn) and only if that has failed would you be properly protected if you went outside).

(Obviously it depends on who you are planning to blow the whistle to, if it’s a criminal matter and you are going direct to the Police then I would say just crack on, you can’t be criticised for that. If it’s something else (Nepotism bordering on Corruption for example) and you are going to the Press that’s when you need to make sure you are double covered in Policy.)

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Only thing I can think of in 20 is the grievance procedure…

I remember reading domthing about having the moral authority to do the right thing and being protected. Could be in ACP1.

I do not know the nature of the_silverback problem but if it is regarding safeguarding the ACF procedure is written in its regulations.
b. NSPCC Whistleblowing Helpline. Should any adult become concerned about behaviours witnessed or believe that a risk of harm is posed to children due to the behaviour of an individual or part of the organisation, they are to discuss concerns with their County CEO in the first instance. Where this is an unsuitable solution, they should contact the NSPCC’s Whistleblowing Advice Line on 0800 028 0285. Anyone reporting wrongdoing within the organisation will not be treated unfairly and should never be made to feel that this would be the case.

Nothing child protection but I have a concern and I feel that I need chapter and verse in front of me when I get a visit and it is said it should all be dealt with within the wing. Not going to say anything more here as it is not the correct forum.

Best/most likely relevant references I can think of are:

ACP 20:

  • PI104 (para23 is the relevant reporting section)
  • PI117
  • PI118
  • Maybe PI119

Although you won’t find a reference to “whistleblowing” unless it’s hidden in euphemism somewhere…

…But someone seems to have helpfully uploaded a version of the MOD whistlebowing policy to Sharepoint, which could have a good snippet to reference:

https://rafac.sharepoint.com/sites/interim/ACO%20Document%20Library/Fraud%20Aware/Whistleblowing%20and%20Raising%20a%20Concern%20Procedure.pdf#search=whistle

If it’s really that bad, then look to here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/report-serious-wrongdoing-at-a-charity-as-a-worker-or-volunteer

Note that it states that protection is not afforded to volunteers in law…

Did you get anywhere with this @the_silverback ?

I feel i need to report something and its something that i genuinely think is going to have a corps wide affect if its taken seriously. Like you i want chapter and verse before i say something.

I wouldn’t get too hopeful … ACP-1 has many values which look great on paper. There are also many ‘robust procedures’.

But the reaction to whistleblowers, in approximate order, is usually

1/. Make lots of serious noises
2/. Contact Wing to cover
3/. Wing sit on it hoping it will go away
4/. If it doesn’t Region get involved and send the boys around
5/. If an external agency become involved, then a refreshed approach is taken
6/. Pretend it doesnt happen in RAFAC and this is an isolated example
7/. If, after lots of time has passed, it hasn’t gone away appoint someone ‘independent’ to arbitrate
8/. The ‘independant’ person carries out the will of CAC
9/. Assuming there is a genuine issue to deal with, the whistleblower is thanked profusely for their steadfast honesty in highlighting the issue
10/. The whistleblower is then bullied and hounded out of the organisation over roughly a 3 to 6 month period.
11/. Lots of important people say all the right things to the external agency
12/. If there was an ‘offence’ then the perpetrator is moved to anothewr squadron or promoted.

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Or we could not worry about any of that and let other people’s chips and experiences cloud or sway our own judgement… Because none of what you said is a justification to not act.

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Bang on … totally agree.

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This is possible the best option;

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There is also MOD guidance on Sharepoint.

I think the original post asked about a whistleblowing policy, and it is quite clear that RFAC does not have one. Your post is the nearest to a procedure, but there is some doubt about integrity and I think Rumpole has summed up the situation. The Armed Services have policies, but the RAFAC is detached from sphere and certainly does not follow suit.

ACP4 urges reports without fear of reprisal, but there is no absolute guarantee. The absence of a specific whistleblowing policy shows that there is no commitment that an individual will be respected.

It is disturbing then to find the existence of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which is about whistleblowing protection, except that it only applies to employees; so basically apart from the salaried individuals holding employment contracts, the bulk of volunteers have no protection whatsoever. Which means for example, you make a complaint against someone higher up the food chain, you have a choice a) forget it or b) kiss your a… goodbye.

Such is the integrity of the organisation and the level of respect that descends from on high. Even if there are procedures how do you know they will administered fairly and impartially.

There was mention of child protection, where it seems that the LADO has not statutory power to intervene if a child protection officer gives assurances that a situation is being dealt with. So that excludes one element of impartiality.

Would not be a bad idea to actually have a policy, which might then prevent the potential for bullying and intimidation of complainants - what is there to say it does not happen?