The Voluntary Sector Harassment Forum will provide participants with the opportunity to share strategies for tackling sexual harassment and bullying across the voluntary sector. Key sector leaders, including the Charity Commission, NCVO and the Institute for Fundraising, will discuss the latest initiatives to safeguard volunteers and charity staff from the rising number of incidents of sexual harassment and bullying. Additionally, best practice case studies will share innovative methods for embedding a zero-tolerance culture, ensuring a robust and efficient complaints process and taking a sector-wide approach to tackling harassment and bullying.
An Online and Interactive Format
- A Full day Conference delivered via an interactive online platform
- Opportunities for virtual networking and discussion
- Speaker sessions delivered with live presentations and resources
- Live interaction tools and break out rooms
- Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
- Post-event resources and networking follow ups
- Understanding the expectations of the Charity Commission concerning safeguarding against sexual harassment and bullying
- Outlining the responsibilities of governance and senior leadership in ensuring robust policies are in place to protect staff
- Highlighting how the commission expects charities to respond to incidents, including through promoting accountability and open communication
- Offering guidance for voluntary organisations to ensure they have robust processes in place to prevent, tackle and respond to sexual harassment and bullying
- Examining main findings from ACEVO’s In Plain Sight Report 2019 into bullying and workplace culture in the voluntary sector, including how only 3% of respondents felt that their complaint of bullying was dealt with satisfactorily
- Understanding the factors that can create a bullying culture, including weaknesses in governance and uncertainty about the regulatory framework and how processes can be adapted to prevent these
- Sharing recommendations to tackle bullying within voluntary organisations, including the proposal that all charity boards should nominate a trustee and senior leader responsible for leading on staff wellbeing
- Creating robust and efficient procedures to respond to incidents of bullying and creating a zero-tolerance workplace culture which prioritises wellbeing
This session will discuss the complex situations fundraisers work in, including the requirement to build close relationships with powerful men, and how workplace situations have resulted in a prevalence of sexual harassment in the sector. Ruby Bayley-Pratt will share experiences of harassment and discuss what can be done to embed a zero-tolerance culture and create a safe environment for all charity employees.
- Outlining how sexual harassment of any kind is against the Institute of Fundraising’s (IoF) Code of Conduct and how the code has been strengthened to ensure it tackles harassment effectively
- Examining the role of the IoF Task Group on Sexual Harassment in Fundraising to promote safeguarding, build trust, review and develop the process for reporting and investigating new and historic allegations of sexual harassment in the sector
- Launching a new Tell Jane helpline to enable anyone who has witnessed or experienced harassment at IoF event or by an IoF member to be reported confidentially
- Understanding the IoF’s expectations of its members and charities in creating a positive, safe and inclusive culture for all fundraisers and ensuring there are effective procedures in place to tackle and report incidents
This session will share guidance on how senior leaders and managers can support their teams to step forward and report incidents of harassment, alongside outlining steps to be taken to safeguard staff after an incident occurs.
- How can senior leaders and managers create a culture than encourages staff to report incidents?
- What conversations should senior leaders and managers have with staff when an incident is reported and what should the outcomes of these be?
- How can organisations ensure they have an effective plan of action in place that supports staff who have experienced harassment and promote their safety?
- What are the steps to be taken after an incident is reported and how can this be embedded into practice?
This session will provide delegates with the opportunity to ask the Government Equalities Office direct questions regarding the consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Delegates will discuss how proposals to extend the Equality Act 2010 to volunteers would impact the voluntary sector.
- Discussing the proposal to extend the protections of the Equality Act 2010 to volunteers and unpaid interns and how this will have a significant impact on how charities work with volunteers
- Analysing concerns that this extension could provide further barriers to volunteering
- Sharing guidance on how charities can strengthen their safeguarding procedures against harassment for volunteers and unpaid interns
- What other actions can the voluntary sector take to ensure volunteers are adequately protected against sexual harassment outside of the extension of the Equality Act?
- How can we overcome the barriers to tackling sexual harassment across the sector, including reputational risk and a reluctance to report due to a passion for the charity’s work?
- How can we lead effective culture change which tackles the issue of power balance, particularly ‘donor dominance’ and structural power imbalances?
- What can be done to improve staff training to ensure awareness of what counts as sexual harassment, how to identify and prevent it and how to respond effectively if incidents are witnessed?
- How can reporting procedures be improved to encourage staff to speak up and report incidents?
- What are the responsibilities of senior leadership and what should be done when an incident is reported?
This session will explore how Action Aid have developed and embedded a positive organisational culture which prevents and tackles incidents of harassment and bullying. Delegates will discuss with Action Aid their three-year journey to improve organisational culture, including:
- How different models of leadership can prevent the circumstances which allow bullying and harassment to occur
- Embedding Feminist Leadership Principles across the organisation and how this tackles power imbalances and enhances internal diversity, culture and behaviours
- Holding ‘Culture Workshops’ and Employee Engagement Forums to understand the shortcomings of an organisational culture and how to enhance this
- Understanding the role of an organisation culture in tackling sexual harassment and bullying
Shaista and Alexia will draw on their combined 15 years of experience in charities and recent campaigning on #AidToo to discuss underlying power dynamics embedded in our structures.
- Examining sexual harassment and bullying as behaviours linked to patriarchy, whiteness and unequally held power
- Participants will be able to reflect on their own observations and experiences of how societal assigned privilege impacts on their work
- There will be an opportunity to ask questions to Alexia and Shaista on their campaigning and activism
*programme subject to change
This Forum is specifically designed for the Voluntary Sector. Those in attendance will include:
- Heads of HR
- HR Directors
- Chief Executives
- Deputy Chief Executives
- Chair of Trustees
- Heads of Corporate Partnerships
- Volunteer Managers
- Directors of People
- Directors of Operations
- Directors of Resources
- Directors of Services
- HR Managers
- Team Managers
- Heads of Governance
- Operation Directors
- Voluntary Sector (Online Rate)£245 + VAT
- Public Sector (Online Rate)£295 + VAT
- Private Sector (Online Rate)£395 + VAT