Independent review to improve practice and response of ACFID members in the prevention of sexual misconduct

Project: Research

Project Description

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) (including the Monash University Department of Forensic Medicine) is pleased to provide an Expression of Interest to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) to undertake an Independent Review to Improve Practice and Response of ACFID Members in the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct.
The VIFM is aware of the alarming reports of sexual misconduct in the international aid sector and has noted that whilst the original reports of, and responses to, concerns originated in the United Kingdom, they have rapidly precipitated concern in Australia and in the international arena. This was evidenced recently by the open letter to the UN Secretary-General to which the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop was a signatory.
The VIFM’s local and international experience suggests that the events identified in the UK-affiliated organisations are likely to be more widespread. The VIFM welcomes the opportunity to undertake a Review to improve practices and prevent protection sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA).
The VIFM offers a deep understanding of the nature and implications of sexual misconduct on individuals and organisations. We have experience in working with organisations to prevent sexual misconduct, high-level research and analysis expertise in this field and a familiarity with the nature of humanitarian aid work environments and challenges faced by ACFID member organisations. We believe that this unique combination of medical, legal, organisational, research and international deployment expertise and experience is ideally suited to the successful undertaking of this Review.
Short titleACFID Independent Review
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date21/05/1816/11/18