Mary’s Meals has robust and effective safeguarding practices in place

Back to all stories | Posted on 16 Feb 2018 in News

In line with our statement of values and code of conduct, Mary’s Meals takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and is committed to ensuring that abusive behaviour is not tolerated within our organisation.

Respecting and upholding the dignity and safety of all those involved in our mission – including our staff, volunteers, the children who receive our meals, and the wider communities in which we work – is central to everything Mary’s Meals does.

We have robust safeguarding policies and procedures in operation to protect vulnerable people and we are committed to continually reviewing and improving our approach, so that the strongest possible safeguarding practices are in place.

Our supporters will be reassured to know that Mary’s Meals has had no reported incidents of misconduct involving children.

In 2017, we investigated one incidence of an inappropriate relationship between two consenting adults; a local male member of staff, from one of the countries in which we work, and a local woman.

Although no crime was committed, no minors were involved and the inappropriate behaviour did not occur while carrying out the charity’s activities, the staff member’s actions were in breach of our code of conduct, which sets high standards for all those involved in our mission. The staff member was dismissed promptly after the relationship was reported.

The work of Mary’s Meals is made possible by the kindness and goodness of many people all over the world – who refuse to accept that any child should go hungry in this world of plenty – and, together, we are committed to reaching more and more hungry children with a nutritious daily meal in school.

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