Reports Of Aid Workers’ Sexual Abuse Of Staff And Children Doubled From 50 To 100 A Week: Charity Commission
Charity Commission has seen “broadly a doubling of serious incident reporting compared to usual levels”, in the wake of allegations against Oxfam last month.

Allegations of sexual abuse of children, volunteers, beneficiaries in countries hit by conflict and disaster are being assessed by charities’ watchdog as the number of reports double.

While much of the abuse going unreported, but since the Oxfam scandal that was “wake-up call”, the Charity Commission said it has received reports of 80 current and historical serious cases, including sexual abuse of volunteers, beneficiaries and children, to reports of safeguarding procedures not being followed.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt wrote to 179 aid organisations and charities that receive British aid on February to demand assurances they are taking steps to prevent abuse of defenseless people.

Of those, only 26 organisations reported allegations or incidents of sexual abuse of staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, including children, the commission said.

19 of those organisations relied “historic” activity that took place before April 2017 while seven charities came forward with cases that have taken place over the last financial year.

Beside those charities, the watchdog also disclosed that they have seen “broadly a doubling of serious incident reporting compared to usual levels”, in the wake of allegations against Oxfam last month.

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“We are now receiving around 100 a week, and the increase relates specifically to reports of safeguarding issues or incidents, again covering a wide spectrum in terms of their nature and levels of seriousness,” a spokesperson said.

According to the Commission, the number of such reports has doubled from an average of 50 to 100 a week across all UK charities.

“The sector needs to recognise it has a responsibility here and the weight it has given in the past is not good enough,” said Mordaunt, speaking at a safeguarding meeting of charity heads convened after the Oxfam revelations.

“Organisations should not bid for new funding unless they are prepared to meet these tough new standards,” Mordaunt said: “We will not approve funds to them unless they pass our new standards. We will also start to apply these new standards to organisations we have ongoing work with.”

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