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Safeguarding

Start  Network recognises that the humanitarian sector has fallen short in terms of safeguarding vulnerable people with which it has been committed to serve. In 2018, our members, NGOs, safeguarding experts, DFID, and the Charity Commission pledged to improve safeguarding standards across the international humanitarian sector at a Safeguarding Summit. The joint pledge to ensure all people are safe from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment was signed by 32 organisations and government, including the Start Network. 

Start Network has zero tolerance for any forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, bullying or harassment and works to protect people, particularly children, at-risk adults and affected populations from any harm that may be caused due to their coming into contact with Start Network. 

If you have any safeguarding concerns related to Start Network's staff, programmes or activities, please make a report by: 

Emailing:  safe@startnetwork.org

Or calling: +447939088467

All reports are taken seriously and the Safeguarding Officer will acknowledge receipt of the concern within 48 hours and begin taking action.

 

 

COVID-19 Workplace Assessment

Start Network takes the health and well being of our staff, visitors and trustees very seriously.  We continue to follow government guidance on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect lives. Start Network has an office in a WeWork shared working space and has been working alongside WeWork and Start Network staff to identify risks and to mitigate actions in the communal areas and Start Network office. Our risk assessment can be found here, which is updated on a weekly basis. Any questions or concerns can be directed to reporting@startnetwork.org.

 

 

Anti-Fraud, bribery and corruption

We have ‘zero tolerance’ approach  towards fraud, bribery and corruption, and require all member organisations to immediately report any incidents or suspicions of fraud, bribery or corruption within their activities funded by Start Network.

 

 

RISK MANAGEMENT

Start Network has robust measures in place for managing risk in the Network, including a risk register is maintained and reviewed regularly by the leadership, Finance & Audit Committee and the Board of Trustees. The Network Membership Agreement and the Membership Policy outline the expectations, rights, obligations and responsibilities of the Start Network and its member organisations. This includes ownership of risk for downstream partners, a process for reporting fraud in programme implementation, and a robust due diligence process for members, which is renewed every three years. Our Finance & Audit Committee also advises on financial risk and compliance.

 

 

Financial management

Prior to independence the Start Network produced a Business Case which included a four-year financial plan which confirms our financial viability for the future years. This financial plan was pivotal in the approval of spin off by SCUK.

 

The annual financial management of Start Network includes budgets, forecasts and a business plan. From this year, we will also produce annual statutory financial statements as part of our annual report.

 

One of the main responsibilities of the Finance & Audit Committee is overseeing the proper management of the charity’s finances, reviewing management accounts, budgets, budgeting processes and forecasts. Reviewing the annual budget of the charity and recommending, as appropriate, the approval of the budget to the Board.

 

Open Information Policy

Start Network strives to be as open and transparent as possible, this means proactively sharing timely, relevant and clear information about the nature and impact of our work, as well as answering all requests for it.

 

By committing ourselves to an open approach to information, we aim to provide our stakeholders with the means of holding us to account. We will strive to present information clearly and accessibly. We are committed to sharing information on our website and our annual report gives an oversight of our work and results.

 

 We want everyone with an interest in our work to be engaged and informed. However, when asked for information we will occasionally need to take into account the time and financial resources necessary to fulfil this commitment.

 

Our priority will always be to ensure we uphold the fundamental rights and freedoms of those that may be identified by the disclosed data. 

 

How to make a request for information

 

Please email info@startnetwork.org from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm UK time or write to:

 

Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Start Network

Aviation House

125 Kingsway

London WC2B 6NH

 

We will reply to requests as soon as possible. We will acknowledge receipt within 5 working days and then depending on the nature of the request, offer a timeline within which we will get back to you. This will be no longer than 30 working days. 

In order to disclose personal data, we must ensure there are the appropriate lawful grounds. These include but are not limited to consent, a legal obligation and our mutual legitimate interests. We may ask you to agree to the terms of a data-sharing agreement which we will provide.

Please take a look at our full open information policy here.


info@startnetwork.org

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