Australian response to sexual misconduct reports in the international development sector

01 Mar, 2018

ACFID has issued a further update on the response to reports of sexual misconduct in the international development sector.

CEO of the Australian Council for International Development, Marc Purcell, said:

“ACFID and our Australian members are totally committed to addressing the concerns that have arisen in the aid sector quickly and comprehensively. We will do whatever it takes to prevent abuses of power.

“Through enforcement of ACFID’s existing Code of Conduct, the law, Government standards and our members’ safeguarding measures, the sector has sought to build processes and a culture where vulnerable people are protected, and people can come forward with confidence to report misconduct. The regime we have in place with Government includes mandatory reporting on child protection issues that occur. However, we cannot afford to be complacent. We will use the recent events to further ensure accountability; drive prevention; and change behaviour so that we go above and beyond what we already have in place.

“Since reports were raised in the UK media, we have met with the Australian Government, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and the AFP, requesting to work with them to review and investigate safeguards that are already in place and create solutions where required.

Further to the action we have already taken, ACFID has announced that we are commissioning an independent review of safeguarding across the board. We are working with the sector and our partners as quickly as possible to get the review up and running. We will be making further announcements to keep the public and our stakeholders updated.”


Further information

Please refer to our initial statement for further information on ACFID and the sector’s response.

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