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This unique CHS Alliance event, organised in partnership with Humanitrain and OTHER SOLUTIONS, aims to raise awareness of sexual violence and ensure support is in place for affected staff. This is a full day event (9am - 5pm) taking place in the Euston area of London.
A recent news article, "Sexual assaults against aid workers: how serious is the situation?", highlighted that many (female and male) staff face sexual violence threats both from external actors such as armed groups, and those within organisations. Significant steps are being made to improve training on sexual aggression awareness, management and immediate response for staff in our sector. However, many staff who are assaulted will leave their placement country and seek help outside their agency. Joint knowledge around medical treatment, psychological care, consular assistance, and legal recourse needs to be strengthened, so support is available and staff can reach out when needed.
Our guest speaker Dr Vollepellier, Senior Forensic Doctor at the Havens, St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, has a strong background in treating and supporting humanitarian and development staff who have been assaulted, and advising humanitarians involved in staff training. A representative of the Metropolitan Police will also give an insightful presentation.
The day will be a mix of panel discussions and working groups to explore areas such as the promotion of HR good practice, and security management policies and standards that fulfil the legal duty of care in line with UK legislation. Policy change can only be achieved by working with government, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, DFID, NHS, and bodies such as Interpol – many of which will be represented on the day.
Who should attend
The conference will be an opportunity for senior staff from CHS Alliance members and other networks such as the European Inter-Agency Security Forum (EISF) to meet professionals working in this field. We strongly encourage attendance from experts in Human Resources (HR), safety, security, and policy, as well as senior managers, CEOs and other decision makers in order to increase their knowledge and work together as a sector on this issue.
This event will be conducted under Chatham House Rule to provide a safe space for participants to discuss their organisation’s own current practices and concerns with peers as well as experts from the field to develop tools aiming at improving organisational practice on these matters.
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