Whistleblowing Training

Date published: 30/03/2021

FOI reference: 20/21 203

Date received: 17/03/2021

Date responded: 30/03/2021

Information requested

1. How many reports did you receive from whistleblowers in 2019 and in 2020?

2. How many people do you have in your organisation that are trained/permitted to take reports from whistleblowers?

3. What training have the people in question number 2 received in whistleblowing?

4. What cost, if any, was there for this training?  5. Which organisation delivered each course?

6. What is the name of the person that arranged this training and what is their email address?

7. What methods do you have for whistleblowers to contact a person that is authorised to take their report and what are the specific details of these, i.e., email addresses, telephone numbers etc?

8. What are the email addresses for the people authorised to receive whistleblower reports?

9. How many whistleblowers have left the organisation within 12 months of making a report?

10. How many whistleblowers have made an allegation of 'detriment' against your organisation?

Response

  1. The number is less than 5.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than 5, SQA does not report the actual figure to protect individuals' personal information.
  2. SQA does not have individuals solely trained to take whistleblowing cases.  If a whistleblowing case was logged with Human Resources it would be passed to an Investigatory Case Manager.
  3. Our Investigatory Case Managers have received training to carry out investigations which would include those from whistleblowers. For any investigations they would consult with internal specialists, internal auditors or legal advisors as required.
  4. Internal costs only
  5. Not applicable
  6. Not applicable
  7. SQA has a Whistleblowing Policy that offers a range of individuals to contact depending on the preferences of the whistleblower and the nature or severity of the matter.
  8. Not applicable as SQA does not have authorised individuals identified to receive whistleblower reports.
  9. The number is less than 5.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than 5, SQA does not report the actual figure to protect individuals' personal information.
  10. The number is less than 5.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than 5, SQA does not report the actual figure to protect individuals' personal information.