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Withdraw funding from aid charities that employ sexual predators, MPs urge

Aid charities must “wake up to the fact that some of their staff are sexual predators” or face losing funding, MPs have said.

In a parliamentary debate to discuss the report into sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector published by the House of Commons International Development Committee last week, Sarah Champion, the chair of the committee, said she was “fed up with hearing that lessons have been learned”, while being told new stories of abuse.

“We will only see true change when there is a root-and-branch transformation of the culture of aid organisations.”

Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, said “abuse should not be treated like some repulsive game of whack-a-mole”, and aid organisations could prevent issues arising by embedding safeguarding in every project.

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