We are consulting on the key elements of policy and practice we would typically expect water companies to have in place in relation to whistleblowing. We consider these to be good practice with respect to whistleblowing.
Whistleblowing is when a worker (which includes direct employees and indirect employees such as contractors) raises concerns about improper practices in their workplace – also known as making a disclosure in the public interest. Workers typically have the option of raising their concern either directly with their employer or with a relevant regulator or professional body which is prescribed by legislation to hear concerns about particular sectors or issues, otherwise known as a prescribed person. Ofwat is a prescribed person for disclosures in the water and wastewater services sector, alongside several other bodies that may be relevant, depending on the nature of the concern.
Responding to this consultation
We would welcome any comments on this document and in particular responses to the consultation questions. The closing date for this consultation is 13 October 2023. Please email us at [email protected] with your response.