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Welcome to the IBE Speak Up Toolkit

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About The Toolkit

The IBE Speak Up Toolkit has been developed to help you take action to best prepare yourself for raising a concern – from noticing a problem and having a conversation through to what to expect if you call a Speak Up helpline or if your concern is investigated.

It is a resource that has been developed using first-hand experience and understanding of the emotional experience of raising a concern, coupled with the IBE’s knowledge of what constitutes good practice for organisations receiving those concerns.

Speaking up is often an experience that provokes a mix of emotions; it can be complex and feel daunting. You will be asked to choose how you feel in response to questions before receiving appropriate guidance that recognises your emotional reaction and guides you to resolving your concern.

The Toolkit drives people to have conversations, as issues are usually best resolved as soon as possible and amongst colleagues. It suggests resources you might look for in your organisation or IBE support material.

The Speak Up Toolkit is a resource that you can dip in and out of. It is there to offer support and guide you through every step of your Speak Up journey.


The IBE Speak Up Toolkit is intended to provide general information only. Following the guidance provided by this app does not guarantee compliance with any laws and the IBE Speak Up Toolkit should not be relied upon as legal advice, either generally or in relation to a specific matter. Inevitably the IBE Speak Up Toolkit cannot cover every possible situation and in certain circumstances it may be necessary to seek relevant legal advice. The IBE accepts no liability for any losses, including those arising from criminal or civil proceedings, arising from circumstances in which the IBE Speak Up Toolkit was used.

Using this toolkit

Click Get started and then choose one of the five stages of the Speak Up journey:

I have a concern – you’ve noticed something has happened, what are the common worries around speaking up, why should you speak up and how do you go about it?

Speaking to someone – how can you prepare to have a conversation, who should you speak to and what happens after that?

Making a report – how can you prepare to make a report, how do you actually do it and what happens after you report?

An investigation is under way – what are the steps of an investigation, what is your role within that and who will be involved?

After I have spoken up – what is the outcome and what are yours and your organisation’s ongoing responsibilities?

Choose a question – select which emotion you feel closer to – read the guidance and find out what you can do – consider the resources that should help you.

Your use of this app and website is completely confidential and you cannot be identified.

IBE Speak Up Research

The team at the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) carries out its own research on speaking up. We ask questions about peoples’ experiences of raising concerns: what issues need to be raised; what pressures do people face; what prevents people speaking up. You can view an example of this research here.

Crucially, the IBE also wants to understand your experiences of actually raising a concern. What was the process like? Did you feel well-prepared? Was your concern addressed appropriately? Did someone follow up with you? How did you feel throughout the process?

The IBE conducts this research in various ways: surveys; interviews and focus groups. This is all done on an anonymous and confidential basis.

If you would like to find out more about current participant opportunities, please contact: S.Research@ibe.org.uk.