Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Penny Mordaunt warns charities could have funding cut over 'safeguarding issues'

Penny Mordaunt warns charities could have funding cut over 'safeguarding issues'

The regulator said an Oxfam report on the investigation stated there had been no allegations of abuse of beneficiaries and made no mention of any potential sexual crimes involving minors.

Thompson said she shared the "anger and shame that behavior like that highlighted in Haiti in 2011 happened in our organization".

Although the charity has denied covering up the alleged scandal, Christian Aid said the claims are "deplorable".

He is expected to insist that Oxfam did not inform ministers of the.

"We are saddened by the accounts of deplorable behaviour from a group of individuals who have abused their power, exploited their position, and sought to subvert systems created to protect vulnerable people in Haiti", the charity stated.

Britain's worldwide development secretary Penny Mordaunt told the aid agency to front up tomorrow in London to explain why it appeared to cover up a sex scandal.

All four charities receive vast sums from the Department for International Development.

'We also want to satisfy ourselves that we do now have a culture of openness and transparency and that we fully learn the lessons of events in 2011'.

"If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, then we can not have you as a partner".

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"The reports of what is unacceptable behaviour by senior aid workers in Haiti are truly shocking", a spokeswoman for Theresa May said.

Ms Thomson said she was working closely with chief executive Mark Goldring to make improvements. The charity employs 5,000 staff and has a further 23,000 volunteers.

She will also seek to confirm they have referred all concerns about specific cases and individuals to the relevant authorities. The charity allowed staff members to resign from the organisation and seek new aid jobs elsewhere.

It said Oxfam's leaders had "showed a lack of judgement" in their handling of the matter and their level of openness with the government and Charity Commission. "They still have information they should be giving to the authorities", she told the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

"It doesn't matter whether you've got a whistleblowing hotline, it doesn't matter if you've got good safeguarding practices in place".

He said that it was very important to remember that "there are thousands of people working for Oxfam in some of the most hard places. and we must not forget that Oxfam is one of Britain's most brilliant charities".

Ms Mordaunt called the behaviour utterly despicable and threatened to cut the charity off from Government funding if she was unsatisfied with answers from an upcoming meeting on Monday.

She added that Oxfam had done "absolutely the wrong thing" by failing to inform authorities about the full details of the allegations.

The Times reported Friday that the government secretary responsible for charity regulation was calling for Oxfam to provide more information about the staffers who had paid for sex in Haiti.

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