Volunteer Whistleblowing

The National Governing Bodies of Bowls are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for adults, children and young people to participate in Bowls and recognise their responsibility to promote a safe environment for any concerns to be reported without fear of reprisal.

Whistle blowing is an early warning system. It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protects those who raise legitimate concerns about specified matters. It makes provision about the kinds of disclosure that may be protected and the circumstances in which disclosures are protected. This policy is therefore intended to comply with the Act by encouraging everyone in Bowls to make disclosures about fraud, misconduct or wrongdoing in the sport of Bowls and anyone within it, without fear of reprisal, so that problems can be identified, dealt with and resolved quickly.


Objectives of the Policy

Qualifying Disclosures

The National Governing Bodies of Bowls would expect its members or participants to report any of the following:

Where the nature of the disclosure is not included in the above list, it should be made by way of the organisation’s Grievance Procedure and/or Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults in the National Governing Bodies policy and not under the Whistle Blowing procedure.

Your belief must be reasonable, but it need not be correct. It might be discovered subsequently that you were in fact incorrect, but you must be able to show that you held the belief in good faith and that it was a reasonable one to hold in the circumstances at the time.

Disclosure Procedure


The implementation of this policy is mandatory and will be supported by an appropriate time-phased implementation plan to ensure compliance and effective delivery.

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