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Raising concerns

Statements, investigations and discipline

When you are involved in a workplace investigation, you'll need to know your rights.

You'll also need to prepare well, and understand what support we can give.

Our advice can help you.  

Statements

Your employer may ask you to write a statement to help them investigate an incident. Our statement writing guide tells you how.

If your conduct or practice is being questioned, then - provided you were a member at the time of the incident - we will check your statement. Please contact us.


If you are purely a witness, and you are sure that your conduct or practice is not being questioned, write the statement by following our guidance and hand it in.

Investigations and suspension

An investigation is a fact-finding meeting - it is not held to discipline you.

Read our investigations advice guide for practical advice on how to prepare for, and conduct yourself during, the meeting. Read your employer's disciplinary policy, too, and contact us for advice and support.  

If you have been suspended from work, remember that suspension is a neutral act and does not imply guilt. Nevertheless, we understand how distressing this is and we can support you. Contact us without delay. 

Disciplinary hearings

If you are implicated in a disciplinary matter, contact us.   If you were in membership at the time of the incident that led to the hearing, we can help you prepare your case. Find out what you can do if you were not an RCN member at the time of the incident.

Read your employer's disciplinary policy.

Read our discipline guide for an overview of the process from investigation to employment tribunal. 
 
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