Charity commission confirms statutory review - Save the Children Statement
London, Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Save The Children UK confirms that it has been notified by the Charity Commission that it will be subject to a statutory review. Save the Children will co-operate fully with the Charity Commission and act swiftly on any lessons that emerge.
Peter Bennett-Jones, the chair of Save The Children UK’s Board of Trustees, said: “It is critical that Save The Children works with the Charity Commission to examine whether mistakes were made in the past. If mistakes were made they will be fully acknowledged and properly addressed. We are committed to working with the Charity Commission to establish a truthful and accurate account of events and the charity’s response. If mistakes were made, we will act swiftly and decisively to address them.
“We are unequivocally committed to building a workplace culture based on mutual respect – a culture in which all of our staff feel protected, supported and listened to. In February 2018 we established an independent review led by Dr Suzanne Shale, an expert in organisational ethics, aimed at strengthening our workplace culture. With a new leadership team in place we have strengthened of staff protection systems through mandatory training and other measures. Save the Children UK has a policy of zero tolerance towards any form of bullying or harassment.
Our teams are working every day with children who face hunger, poverty and violence. Our ambition is to make a difference for these children by working with partners, donors and the UK public. In working towards that ambition we strive to meet the highest organisational standards.
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