The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has gone public with its updated whistle-blowing policy, making the new plans available to both the wider public and the racing industry.
The new policy comes as a bid by the BHA to cement its ongoing commitment to maintaining integrity, credibility and accountability in how it operates across the industry.
Catherine Beloff, Director of Legal and Governance at the BHA commented: “This update to the BHA’s whistle-blowing policy is designed to protect those involved in horse racing or who come into contact with the BHA against potential wrongdoing, as was the case with the safeguarding policy launched in December.
“Whether you are a member of BHA staff, a participant or a member of the public, there is now a secure and defined method by which you can report any concerns relating to the running of the BHA or the conduct of its employees, which can also be anonymous if you wish.
“It is also vital that as the governing body and regulator the BHA is accountable, and this policy now allows anyone who is either involved in racing or comes into contact with the BHA at any level to report any potential concerns.”
The policy was previously only available to BHA staff, but will now be accessible via the BHA website, providing instructions as to the different methods of raising any concerns.
The BHA outlines the ways in which individuals involved in horseracing, at any level, can report or ‘blow the whistle’ on issues pertaining to BHA operations, actions, or activities of its employees.
It is designed to work in conjunction with other policies, such as the BHA’s Safeguarding Policy, to protect anyone involved in British racing, whether as a participant or otherwise, from potential wrongdoing.
The sort of conduct that may be reported includes: any criminal activity; possible corruption or lay betting; conflict of interests; and failure to maintain company standards.