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The person to whom the disclosure is made will normally consider the information and decide whether there is a prima facie case to answer. He or she will decide whether an investigation should be conducted and what form it should take. This will depend on the nature of the matter raised and may be

  • investigated internally
  • referred to the External Auditors
  • the subject of independent enquiry

Some matters following investigation, will need to be referred to the relevant outside body, e.g. the Police, Funding Council. If the person to whom the disclosure is made decides not to proceed with an investigation, the decision will be explained as fully as possible to the individual who raised the concern. It is then open to the individual to make the disclosure again either to another of the persons specified in the paragraph above or to the Chair of the Audit Committee.