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Independent review welcomed by Red Cross

Australian Red Cross welcomes an independent review commissioned by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

Australian Red Cross welcomes an independent review commissioned by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) to improve the practice and response of its members in the prevention of sexual misconduct.

Australian Red Cross CEO, Judy Slatyer, said: “This review of ACFID’s Code of Conduct and the culture of reporting issues is a great opportunity to strengthen organisational approaches and attitudes to prevent sexual misconduct.

“Australian Red Cross has zero tolerance of any sexual misconduct and has a deep commitment to having safe working environments for staff, volunteers and for the people we serve.

“We’re serious about fostering a culture of respect and preventing any form of discrimination, harassment or abuse within our organisation and across the humanitarian sector. We have been serious about this for over 100 years and continue to be.  We are also committed to working with the government, regulators, humanitarian partners and other relevant organisations to provide a safe and trusted environment.

“In Australia and overseas, we conduct regular training with all staff to protect their wellbeing and further strengthen our culture of respect for others.   

“We have continuous review of our systems and processes including those that ensure it’s safe for anyone affected to come forward and report incidents or concerns with the assurance that they will be handled sensitively and properly. 

“It is so important that all allegations are investigated properly across the sector. People must feel safe and empowered to raise concerns. We regularly encourage staff to make use of dedicated, confidential and independent phone hotline and helpline if they have any concerns.

“Most of all, we will continue to listen to communities and staff, taking action to further build a culture where everyone is respected.” Ms Slatyer said.

Media enquiries: Antony Balmain, 0408 018 609 - abalmain@redcross.org.au

 

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