STATEMENT: UNICEF Australia welcomes ACFID review into prevention of sexual misconduct

“UNICEF Australia is fully committed to the review into the prevention of sexual misconduct in the international aid and development sector, announced by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) today.
 
We have a duty to do whatever it takes to prevent abuses of power in our organisation. We are completely committed to protecting the children and families we seek to help – as well as protecting the people who work alongside them, whether they are employees, volunteers or contractors.
 
At the global level, UNICEF is already implementing measures, including its own independent review, to ensure that the 13,000 people who work for the organisation are safe, heard and empowered. UNICEF is improving processes and tools for the prevention, reporting and responses to all forms of misconduct. These include: a telephone hotline; a new webpage with a one click button for people to anonymously alert managers if they have experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct; provision of the strongest ethical, legal, and medical support, including counselling services; online harassment training, and; improving screening and recruitment processes so that we select personnel with the highest standards of conduct.
 
UNICEF Australia currently conducts appropriate checks prior to appointment of our staff, and conducts relevant workplace training. We have no tolerance for misconduct, abuse or harassment – sexual or otherwise.”

Tony Stuart, CEO, UNICEF Australia.

For more information, please contact:
Brinsley Marlay, UNICEF Australia, 0403 604 182, bmarlay@unicef.org.au