Lawmakers to question Oxfam on handling of abuse scandal

  • Lawmakers to question Oxfam on handling of abuse scandal

Lawmakers to question Oxfam on handling of abuse scandal

Public trust in Scotland's charities has plummeted by nearly 10 per cent in the past two years, the survey carried out by Ipsos MORI in December found.

"They range in time frame from more recent events to long historic events where people did not report them at the time", Goldring said.

Oxfam's chief executive apologised on Tuesday for saying a wave of condemnation over sex abuse by the charity's staff was disproportionate as it had not "murdered babies in their cots" in a scandal that has prompted new reports of abuse.

Save the Children chief executive Kevin Watkins told MPs the charity had investigated 53 allegations in 2016.

Justin Forsyth has been accused of sending texts to young female staff about how they looked and what they were wearing.

Head of United Kingdom charity Oxfam International said on Tuesday that the organization had received 26 complaints since the probe into allegations that employees of the organization's branch in Haiti paid women for sexual acts and forced others to "have sexual acts with them in exchange for aid".

The findings have prompted the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) to launch a campaign called "I Love Charity" amid evidence donations are being hit. He admitted, with hindsight, the charity should have been more transparent.

Ms Thomson, who became chairwoman of Oxfam's trustees in 2017, said the charity council's task was to ensure it is "never again" at risk of being perceived to have put reputation over accountability.

"We know the vast majority of Scottish charities are well run, but trust is fragile".

"We are very sorry..."

She said: 'Later in the year, we will take this programme of work to a wide-ranging, global safeguarding conference to drive action across the whole worldwide aid sector.

Oxfam's report shows the investigation was triggered by an email alleging that staff members in Haiti had violated the organization's code of conduct by using prostitutes in Oxfam guesthouses and engaging in fraud, nepotism and negligence. He said 16 of the claims stemmed from overseas, while ten came from the UK.

And he also apologised for his own comments, which appeared to play down the seriousness of the scandal, when he told a newspaper the charity was being attacked as if it had "murdered babies in their cots".

Oxfam workers were deployed in Haiti as part of the relief operations after the island was hit with a devastating natural disaster in 2010.

Committee Chairman Stephen Twigg, a Labour MP, said it was striking how often Goldring needed to apologise, adding there was "a lot to apologise for".

"I was under stress", Mr Goldring said.

He denied there had been a cover-up, saying Oxfam had been trying to deliver a huge programme with 500 staff, and his predecessors would have believed they were making the right decision at the time. I was thinking about fantastic work I've seen Oxfam do across the world, most recently with refugees coming from Myanmar.

'And I'm pleased to say the US, Canada, the Netherlands and others have already agreed to support our goal of improved safeguarding standards across the sector.

"The use of prostitutes in conditions of poverty and helplessness and conflict, is exploitation, it is abuse, and it's intolerable in our organisation", she told the committee.