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Whistleblowing is when an individual raises a concern about a danger, risk, malpractice or wrong doing within an organisation. The concern may be raised internally or externally.

How much does it cost?

Nothing. Support members provide their services voluntarily. There is no charge for consulting a support member.

What do I do now?

If you feel you could benefit from discussing your situation with a support member, please contact the scheme on 0800 917 3526 or email support.members@icaew.co.uk. Contact information for support members is also available on the ICAEW’s website icaew.com/support.

What do they do?

Support members offer totally confidential, non-judgemental telephone or face to face support to members of any age, in any circumstances and in all areas of professional activity. They are trained to listen and are familiar with all of the Institute's relevant procedures as well as other specialised helplines and resources. Support members are happy to talk to you about any issue, however big or small, and relating to your professional or personal life. Often simply discussing a problem with an objective outsider can clarify your thoughts and help you to find a way forward.

Will our discussion be in confidence?

Yes.  Any contact that you have with a support member will be in complete confidence. Support members are also exempt from the duty to report misconduct so you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that anything discussed will not be referred back to ICAEW.

Key documents

Accountants in business or practice may have statutory or contractual obligations to report to a regulator or other third party or to SOCA under the Anti-Money Laundering requirements. They may also whistle-blow to a third party where it would be in the public interest to do so, even they have no legal obligation to do so. This right is discussed in the Guidance Statement Professional conduct in relation to defaults or unlawful acts.

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Guides / Publications

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