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On March 5, I attended the Safeguarding Summit, co-hosted by the Department for International Development and the Charity Commission. Along with 22 other organisations, Concern Worldwide (UK) committed to improving the standards and delivery of safeguarding, including a culture of zero tolerance to sexual exploitation and abuse in all we do. Read full statement here.
Concern Worldwide works with some of the most vulnerable adults and children in 27 of the world's poorest countries. We recognise the many power imbalances that exist: between us as the custodians of desperately needed and often life-saving resources and those who are in need, between men and women, between different ethnic groups and within the communities with which we work. That is why, across the Concern Worldwide family, we have many well established policies and practices in place.
Concern Worldwide recognises that whilst we have a strong foundation to build on, there is more that we can do, and so:
As a female, I understand how difficult it can be to report concerns in the workplace, particularly if they are of a sexual nature. It is much more difficult for the vulnerable individuals we work with. The moment has come to change this once and for all and I’m personally committed to working across Concern and the sector to make the necessary changes.