Safeguarding at work - new reps guide for international and aid workers
JANUARY 21, 2020
Recent press interest in international development and aid organisations has revealed the failings of the leadership of our organisations to address sexual exploitation and abuse issues that we, as workers, have been highlighting for many years. This has brought a renewed commitment to ‘culture change’.
Unite is committed to making all workplaces safe, fair and free from discrimination, harassment and abuse and has developed a new guide to furnish Unite workplace representatives with the essential information, resources and training to put safeguarding on the negotiating table and support members to drive up safeguarding standards across their organisations.
Unite believes that best practice requires organisations to implement policies and practices that safeguard everyone in our organisations at all times, including protecting staff, volunteers and service users from inappropriate behaviour such as bullying and harassment.
It is vital that staff feel confident that their organisations safeguarding procedure is fair and robust and in order for this to happen, they must be involved with developing the policy and strategy of the organisation right from the start and this new guide sets out how trade unions reps can be involved in developing safeguarding procedures, making sure that the correct training is in place and ensuring that staff feel confident in the policies and how they are being enforced.