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Leading safe cultures

Building cultures that don't tolerate abuse and harassment.

Following revelations over recent years about the sexual exploitation and abuse of beneficiaries within the international aid sector, as well as reports of abusive organisational cultures within this sector and more widely, there has been a rise in public, political and sectoral concern about the possibility of misconduct taking place within charities in England and Wales, including bullying behaviour.

In response, government, the Charity Commission and umbrella organisations have initiated urgent work to address immediate safeguarding challenges as well as to prepare for longer term developmental and awareness raising activity to strengthen the health of charity workplace cultures. As a result, charities in England and Wales are now undergoing a process of significant revaluation – of values, systems and organisational cultures.

Research and reports:

Our research is part of a wider domestic and international programme of work on safeguarding. You can download a summary of the activity that has taken place, what is due next and links to new guidance by downloading the following document: Safeguarding programme update.

We are running a working group on a new project aiming to help social sector CEOs manage the mental health of their workforce. The group will scope the issues, identify key challenges and propose possible solutions. Read more here.

You can read ACEVO’s harassment and bullying policy, and the job descriptions for our wellbeing trustee and senior leader

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or call 020 7014 4600.