Date: 16 January 2024
At the end of last year, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust’s (SCFT) Board of Directors signed the NHS Sexual Safety Charter.
The Sexual Safety Charter was launched by NHS England on 4 September 2023, in collaboration with key partners across the healthcare system. The aim of the charter is to ensure a systematic, zero-tolerance approach to sexual misconduct and violence in the NHS.
By signing this charter in November 2023, we committed to taking and enforcing a zero-tolerance approach to any unwanted, inappropriate and/or harmful sexual behaviours within the workplace.
There are 10 core principles and actions to help achieve our commitment, that we will implement by July 2024. The principles are:
Our Chief People Officer, Caroline Haynes, has been named as the Trust’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Lead. Caroline said: “I am proud to be an advocate of the NHS Sexual Safety Charter. It is important that as an organisation, and as individuals, we create a workplace culture where sexual misconduct is never accepted. Everyone should feel safe in their place of work.”
As a Trust we are committed to the reduction of all violence, including domestic abuse, and are progressing our work to support individuals and raise awareness.