Staying relevant in a changing and challenging environmen
Presented by Ben Kemp the first part of this seminar illuminates key contemporary challenges in professional regulation: discipline, whistleblowing and the challenge of relevance. Focusing on the world of professional discipline, we begin by presenting an overview of recent case-law developments, drawing in particular on the financial services, legal and healthcare sectors. We seek to identify lessons from these developments as relevant to both 'fitness to practise' and 'misconduct' approaches to professional discipline. We then stand back and look at some broader trends in professional regulation, including the distinction between independent v (hybrid) self- regulatory models, and the challenge of relevance for the professions and, by extension, the bodies that regulate them, in 2016 and beyond.
Staying relevant: The challenge of whistleblowing
The second part of this seminar is presented by Dimitrios Kagiaros. Regulators and professional bodies are considered 'prescribed persons' under UK whistle-blower laws for concerned individuals to report wrongdoing in their workplace. They are responsible for investigating the concerns raised, and where this is appropriate, they take action to rectify the problems found. However, research indicates that there is a lack of trust towards such bodies, with whistle-blowers either a) demonstrating reluctance to approach them with disclosures or, b) when they do approach them, a majority of whistle-blowers report that "their expectations were not met". In order to address how such bodies can ensure more rigorous reporting, we will examine various avenues that have been adopted in a number of jurisdictions to motivate whistleblowers to speak up when they come across wrongdoing, and we will assess whether and how these could be useful in the domestic context for regulators and professional bodies.
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