According to the nature of the allegation GDP Global may delegate the responsibility to investigate the allegation to a lead independent investigator or request a third party to undertake an investigation. When undertaking an investigation, an investigator will ensure that it is conducted in line with the guidance of this policy.
Any centre staff and learners will be informed of their rights unless, due to specific circumstances, this is not appropriate in the circumstances. Where an investigation is undertaken by GDP Global the outcome will be communicated to the relevant parties no more than 15 working days after the conclusion of the investigation and confidentiality and anonymity will be observed. Whistle blowers acting in the public interest will be protected in accordance with best practice and governing law.
Any individual alleged to be involved in malpractice will be informed of the allegation that has been made and the evidence that supports that allegation.
The individual will be given the opportunity to submit a written statement to the investigating team, and informed of the consequences should the allegation be proven.
If malpractice is established, GDP will determine the sanction or penalty to be applied, considering the least severe sanction/penalty first.
In the event of an investigation concluding learner malpractice has occurred, consequences could include:
As an accredited training centre, GDP Global Ltd (GDP) has policies and procedures in place to fulfil Approval and Regulatory requirements and to provide a route map for GDP staff members, associates and learners.
The policies reflect the internal practice(s) of GDP, the purpose of which is to ensure that the staff and associates of GDP are familiar with their content and the processes involved.
The policies, procedures and guidelines are updated regularly. As an accredited learner Centre, the policy documents of GDP Global are subject to an annual review by accreditation bodies. The purpose of the review is to ascertain whether the policies, procedures and internal procedures are up-to-date and aligned to changes that have been made throughout the year.
This Policy also applies to GDP KnowHow which is a division of GDP Global Development Ltd.
Last reviewed: July 2022
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