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The Red Cross Ethical Framework

The work we do at Australian Red Cross is often complex and challenging; we support people experiencing extreme vulnerability and stress, we work in severe emergency and disaster situations, and we work with a multitude of partners, organisations and communities. How we do things is just as important as what we do.

The Australian Red Cross Ethical Framework is a practical, positive tool to support all Red Cross people –  that's staff, members and volunteers. It provides a clear, shared understanding of the values and principles according to which we all, as Red Cross People, commit to behaving, and to which we all hold ourselves and others accountable — every person, everyday.

Whilst we are all committed to doing the right thing, it can sometimes be difficult to know what that looks like, and so the ethical framework has been designed to support all of us to do the right thing. Being a champion of the ethical framework means we demonstrate our commitment to the fundamental principles and our values which play a vital role in safely and responsibly supporting communities around Australia and overseas.

The Ethical Framework includes the Red Cross Child Protection Code of Conduct. To read the full Ethical Framework and associated policies click here. 

Sign up to the Red Cross Ethical Framework today

Other tools to assist you

Ethical dilemmas can be hard and it’s ok to be unsure of what do to. A confidential independent helpline run by the Ethics Centre is available to everyone to explore ethical issues or dilemmas. ETHI-CALL is a free, national phone helpline 1800 672 303.

If you have a concern you feel genuinely unable to raise within Red Cross or have tried and are still concerned you can raise the issue via the confidential and independent Whistleblower hotline. This hotline is managed through an independent specialist service Stopline contactable on 1300 30 4550

For more information on Stopline click here.

Thank you for learning more about the Ethical Framework. Please ensure you follow the link to complete your commitment to it


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