(1) The protections conferred by sections 17 to 19 apply, with all necessary modifications, to a person who volunteers supporting information as if the information were a protected disclosure of information.
(2) In this section, a person volunteers supporting information if the person—
(a) provides information, in support of a protected disclosure of information made by another person, to—
(i) a person investigating the disclosure; or
(ii) the person who made the disclosure; and
(b) is an employee of the organisation in respect of which the disclosure was made; and
(c) wishes to provide the supporting information so that the serious wrongdoing can be investigated.
(3) However, a person does not volunteer supporting information if the person provides the supporting information only after being—
(a) required to do so under any enactment, rule of law, or contract for the purposes of he investigation; or
(b) approached during the course of the investigation by, or on behalf of, the person investigating the matter.
This section provides legal protection to a person who may volunteer supporting information relating to a protected disclosure and it defines that meaning of ‘volunteers supporting information’. In essence it is information supplied in support of a protected disclosure to either the person who made the disclosure or the person to whom the disclosure is made. It also requires that the person volunteering the information is an employee of the organisation of which the disclosure is about and wishes to provide such supporting information in order that a serious wrongdoing can be investigated.
However such a volunteering information person does not come under the protection of this section if such information is supplied because of being required to do so pursuant to any enactment, rules of law, or contract for the purposes of such investigation or the volunteering person been approached during the course of the investigation by the person carrying out such investigation or someone acting on their behalf.