Below is the text of our August statement. For our latest statement, please follow the link above.
You may have seen the recent news regarding sexual exploitation and abuse in the development sector. We are deeply saddened by the scale of abuse which has affected both staff and communities.
We fully endorse the recommendations of the International Development Committee’s report, 'Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector’, published on Tuesday, July 31st. It is our duty to protect and safeguard staff, partners, vulnerable communities and all those that come into contact with our work.
As a values-led organisation, we recognise that safeguarding incidents are abuses of power and entrenched gender inequality. Nurturing a culture where abuse is unacceptable, and everyone is safe and able to flourish, is integral to our values and our local partnerships.
We recognise, for effective change in the sector, the voice of the survivor should be at the at the heart of any response and that incidents are dealt with sensitively and confidentially with the survivor’s needs at the forefront.
We are certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard which has beneficiary protection at its heart. We have in recent months taken a number of steps to strengthen our safeguarding practices.
This includes the appointment of a dedicated safeguarding manager and the creation of a safeguarding group. We are also participating in a number of sector working groups looking at strengthening sector best practice.
All safeguarding incidents are fully investigated, reviewed by our trustees and reported to the Charity Commission.