Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) represents a fundamental failure of protection. It brings harm to those we are mandated to protect, and it jeopardizes the reputation of our organization. Nalanda India is committed to protecting vulnerable populations from SEA in the locations we serve at the hands of NALANDA staff and collaborators (consultants, sub-partners, contractors). Nalanda stands on zero tolerance towards Sexual exploitation and abuse.
NALANDA staff and collaborators must work and behave in a manner that respects and fosters the rights of the people they serve abiding by the six core principles:
1. Sexual exploitation and abuse constitute acts of serious misconduct and are therefore grounds for disciplinary action including summary dismissal, and criminal proceedings.
2. Exchange of money, employment, goods, assistance or services for sex, including sexual favours or other forms of humiliating, degrading or exploitative behaviour is prohibited.
3. Sexual activity with children (persons under the age of 18) is prohibited, regardless of the local age of consent or majority. Mistaken belief in the age of a child is not a defence.
4. NALANDA staff have a duty to report any instance where they may suspect or detect signs of SEA.
5. NALANDA will protect people NALANDA report SEA in accordance with the Whistleblowing and Protection Against Retaliation policy.
6. NALANDA staff shall create and maintain an environment that prevents SEA and promote the implementation of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Managers at all levels have particular responsibilities to support and develop systems that maintain this environment.
NALANDA will protect those who report SEA. It is expected that the reporting is being done in good faith (with intentions to save the victim or protect the sanctity of the organization). However, if someone (SSK staff or collaborator) found knowingly report of false allegation with mischievous intentions, it will be considered as misconduct under sexual exploitation and could attract disciplinary action.
If you are supporting a victim of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse – you can make a confidential report. Medical and psychosocial support is available for all those affected by sexual exploitation and abuse. The societal forces that tend to marginalize persons with disabilities exacerbate the likelihood and the impact of SEA. People with disabilities can be more vulnerable to SEA and often face increased barriers when it comes to reporting or getting the support they need. Staff are encouraged to be particularly alert to suspected cases of SEA within vulnerable populations.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU BECOME AWARE OF POSSIBLE SEA?
Anyone having concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA by an NALANDA staff, or sub-partner, consultant, regardless of their position, has a duty to report to the PSEA Focal Point or the Director or the reporting Manager in the Office any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact CASH committee..
Who committed the alleged wrongdoing?
Do you know if anyone else was involved? (Provide full names, titles and organization, if possible).