Action Against Hunger UK

Safeguarding at Action Against Hunger

By Action Against Hunger

Feb 6 2019

Action Against Hunger UK's Safeguarding Commitment

We have a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse of power, sexual exploitation and unethical behaviour. This longstanding commitment is stated in our charter of principles. These core principles and institutional commitments are served by specific policies such as our Code of Conduct and our Child Protection Policy. These are applicable to all employees, officers, directors, board members or any person acting on behalf of Action Against Hunger UK. We have a whistleblowing policy to encourage staff to come forward if they have any concerns and if an allegation is made, procedures are in place to ensure immediate and necessary action is taken.

Over the last twelve months Action Against Hunger UK have focused on reiterating organisational values, consulting with staff on strengthened policy and communicating their implementation and associated protocols. We have also providing e-learning to all staff, proactively providing opportunities for staff to raise concerns, and providing multiple reporting channels.  

In 2018, there were three allegations of sexual misconduct received by Acton Against Hunger UK. A systematic response to these allegations was immediately launched. One allegation of historic sexual exploitation in the 1990s has been reported to the Charity Commission. The two other allegations of sexual harassment were thoroughly investigated resulting in one resignation and one case closed without further action.

No cases of sexual harassment or abuse involving children have ever been reported in any countries where Action Against Hunger staff work.
The safeguarding of our staff and the vulnerable communities that we work with is of paramount importance to all that we do. We have robust safeguarding policies in place that are effectively communicated across the organisation. We constantly review our policies and procedures and are committed to continuously improving the ways in which we address the risk of sexual exploitation and indeed any type of abuse. Proactively liaising with our counterparts across the aid sector to build upon best practice we recognise is key.
Action Against Hunger has a dedicated International Gender Policy that ensures that gender equality is enhanced and protected across all areas of our work. We are dedicated to building a world where abuse, harassment and violence against anyone is not tolerated.


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