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Our Policies

UnitingWorld takes the safety and wellbeing of all people seriously, with special concern to those most vulnerable.

As part of fostering culture and practice that cares for people well, we have a suite of policies that set out how we will do this.

The Professional Conduct Policy sets out our expectations of UnitingWorld Representatives, who are defined as:

  • UnitingWorld staff;
  • Partner staff, while undertaking tasks for UnitingWorld;
  • Board members;
  • UnitingWorld volunteers including individuals and groups who visit overseas partners or projects funded by UnitingWorld;
  • UnitingWorld contractors (including advisors and consultants); and
  • Subcontractors of UnitingWorld overseas partners or UnitingWorld contractors while undertaking tasks on behalf of UnitingWorld.

This policy sets out behavioural expectations which sets standards of behaviour and addresses preventing sexual exploitation and abuse; the protection of children; bullying and harassment; and ethical business practices. The policy is directly linked to our Code of Conduct, which must be signed by all Representatives.

The Protection and Safeguarding Policy sets out how UnitingWorld will address harm that exists and arises from the context of our work (‘Protection’), and also how we will endeavour to reduce harm arising from our own activities (‘Safeguarding’).

The Communication and Transparency policy documents UnitingWorld commitments to transparency, accountability and open communication with all stakeholders.

The Complaints and Incident Handling Policy describes UnitingWorld’s commitment and approach to responding to complaints and enabling issues of safety and wellbeing to be raised and addressed effectively.

The Whistleblower policy sets out mechanisms for escalation of issues if they are not adequately dealt with by other processes.

The Financial Wrongdoing Policy describes UnitingWorld’s commitment and approach to preventing and addressing fraud, corruption, money laundering and risks of terrorism financing.  It is supported by the Uniting Church in Australia’s Assembly Standing Committee’s Fraud Policy.

UnitingWorld also uses the Uniting Church in Australia’s Assembly Standing Committee’s Conflict of Interest Policy and Privacy Policy, which document commitments to arms-length decision-making and the handling of information in line with Australian standards.

UnitingWorld’s approach to the separation of development and non-development activities are documented in an extract from our Governance Manual Section 4.3.5 Non-Development Activity.

These policies form an interlocking web of support for driving professional and compassionate behaviour. They set expectations, drive training and provide the means for transparent accountability when there is a breach.