The ‘Whistling While They Work' is described as a good practice guide for managing internal reporting of wrongdoing in public sector organisations.
It is an excellent resource document, intended to:
- Encourage public officials to report wrongdoing within or by their organisation, to those who can effect action
- Ensure effective action, including investigation, in response to those reports
- Ensure that employees who report wrongdoing are supported and protected from adverse consequences that can flow from having fulfilled their duty to report
The definition of whistleblowing that the guide uses is: ‘the disclosure by organisation members (former or current) of illegal, immoral or illegitimate practices under the control of their employers, to persons or organisations that may be able to effect action’ (Miceli and Near 1984).