The Protected Disclosures Act 2014, provides a legislative framework protecting whistle-blowers in all sectors of the economy.
Purpose of the Act
The legislation is intended to provide a statutory framework within which workers can raise concerns regarding potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the workplace in the knowledge that they can avail of significant employment and other protections if they are penalised by their employer or suffer any detriment for doing so.
Role of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
The Chief Executive of QQI is a prescribed person under the legislation (Statutory Instrument 339 of 2014). This means that all matters relating to quality assurance, validation of programmes of education and training, the making of awards, the delegation of authority to make awards, the establishment of the Code of Practice for the provision of programmes of education and training to international learners and the authorisation to use the International Education Mark, as provided for by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 (No. 28 of 2012) in respect of entities that fall within the remit of QQI can be made to QQI.
The Act does not require QQI to investigate every disclosure it receives and disclosures made under the Act will be considered in the same way as any disclosure made to QQI. In broad terms, whistle-blowers making an external disclosure to the Office, instead of to their employer, will be entitled to redress under the Act if they suffer unfair discrimination or dismissal provided the disclosure is made in good faith, they reasonably believe the allegations to be substantially true, and not for personal gain.
QQI has no role in assessing what is or is not a protected disclosure as defined in the legislation. This is a matter of law which, in the case of a dispute, will fall to the courts to decide.
Making a disclosure
To make a disclosure to QQI, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
The Chief Executive
QQI, 26/27 Denzille Lane
Mark your letter Strictly Private and Confidential
A disclosure should contain the following:
- Name of the individual making the disclosure and contact details
- Request for confidentiality, if preferred
- Name of the organisation(s) involved
- As many details as possible regarding the concerns.
If evidence is available, the inclusion of this would benefit the assessment decision by QQI. Where the discloser's identity and contact details are known to QQI, we will acknowledge disclosures within 7 working days.
An tAcht um Nochtadh faoi Chosaint, 2014