Keeping Children Safe deeply concerned by accusations of abuse in Haiti.

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Keeping Children Safe deeply concerned by accusations of abuse in Haiti.

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Keeping Children Safe is deeply concerned by the allegations that five Uruguayan peacekeepers were involved in the sexual assult of a teenage boy and welcome their recall for further investigation.

Many organisations have made significant strides in ensuring that their staff understand and work to a code of conduct which is designed to protect those whom they serve. Unfortunately, cases still arise and it is the way in which they are dealt with that determines whether organisations are fully committed to the do no harm principle.

Corinne Davey was in Haiti last August, researching beneficiary perspectives on organisation’s efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse for an independent study commissioned by Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (Change starts with us talk to us, http://www.hapinternational.org/pool/files/change-starts-with-us.pdf). 

At that time, beneficiaries did not feel enough had been done to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse taking place, including ensuring that people were confident that reports of abuse and exploitation would be dealt with appropriately.

 “Once again the need for organisations to continue, and scale up, their efforts in putting in place the necessary measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse is highlighted. Rarely are codes of conduct enough. They need to be supported by senior management, resources, training and monitoring when cases arise they need to be investigated properly and dealt with appropriately.” Corinne Davey

 

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For an interview with Keeping Children Safe’s Director – Corinne Davey

please contact Sally Warren      sally.warren@kcs-coalition.org or call 0207 250 8365 

 

Notes to Editor:

Keeping Children Safe  goal is to increase the safeguards offered to children, through improved child protection policies and practice within the agencies and authorities that work with children.  Keeping Children Safe has 18 members including Plan, Save the Children, Everychild and World Vision.   Charity Registration Number: 1142328