Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is committed to the highest standards of openness and accountability.
In line with that commitment, we want members of staff and others that we deal with who have serious concerns about any aspect of our work to have the confidence to come forward and voice those concerns.
The whistleblowing (confidential reporting) procedure supports the anti-fraud and corruption and bribery procedure, and encourages members of staff to raise serious concerns within the Service, rather than overlook a problem or “blowing the whistle” externally.
The procedure aims to:
- encourage staff to feel confident to question and act upon serious concerns about practice;
- provide the means for staff to raise concerns and receive feedback on any action taken;
- ensure that staff receive a response and are aware of how to pursue concerns if they are not satisfied with the outcome; and
- reassure staff that disclosures made in good faith will be protected from reprisals, harassment or victimisation.