Scope – Information Disclosed

In many instances the person raising the issue may not have all of the information.  The process around decision to investigate may be based on broader considerations, than just what the discloser knows and relays to the organisation.

Accordingly it is plausible that a disclosure:

  • Is appropriate, but contains the wrong information
  • Is correct in some part and not correct in others
  • Appears appropriate, but turns out not to be appropriate after the investigation has been started
  • Might be tainted with other issues (including grievance)

None of these issues relieves the organisation of the obligation to conduct a preliminary assessment.