You can do your bit to keep your concern confidential. Here's how.
CIRAS has never breached confidentiality. We will never release details that could identify anyone raising a concern with us.
When our analysts receive your concern, one of them will arrange to speak to you over the phone at a time that suits you. That means you can talk to them when you know you feel safe and can’t be overheard. The CIRAS analyst will listen to your concern and ask about what you do at work.
They will write up your concern to pass on to the company, leaving out details that might identify you. We never include job titles, and we will only mention locations if enough staff work there. If the analyst concludes from your discussion with them that we could not protect your identity if we passed on your concern, they’ll let you know that we won’t be able to take your concern further but will suggest other ways you can speak up.
We will protect your identity in every way – it’s what we do – but these simple tips will guarantee your confidentiality for good.
Lips are sealed
Don't tell anyone that you have spoken to CIRAS or that you are planning to raise a concern with us. If you tell others, we cannot guarantee your confidentiality.
Even though you may not mind others knowing that you have come to CIRAS, it's important not to say anything. Why? If people see that you have made a report and that others know it was from you, they may feel less confident about using CIRAS themselves. It could make them decide not to speak up. If people don't speak up, workplaces are less safe.
If you've reported internally first, we ask how you have said things in that report, so that we don't repeat your wording.
Want to include photos or videos with your concern? Make sure no one is visible in shot.
Try not to be seen if taking a photo or video, and always stay in a place of safety.
Sometimes we may need to forward images you've sent us to the company mentioned in your concern. Rest assured, we will send screen shots of your photos or videos – not originals – and name the files so that the company cannot trace where they came from.
It is a good idea to delete photos or videos from your phone, or whichever device you used to take them, once you have sent them to CIRAS.
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