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Safeguarding statement and policy

Children and adults at risk - statement

Commitment

The Mott MacDonald Group (“the Group”) has zero-tolerance against all forms of abuse and exploitation. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity to safeguard staff and the people we serve in general, and children and adults at risk of harm in particular.

The principles of good standards of behaviour and respect are embedded in the Group’s values of Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive and Excellence (PRIDE). This policy and other Group policies form our overall framework for safeguarding staff and the communities we serve, including our Ethics; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Harassment and Bullying; Health and Safety; Slavery and Human Trafficking; and Social Responsibility policies.

We have put in place and enforce measures and controls that demonstrate our commitment to see that abuse and exploitation are not taking place in our projects. We are committed to obey the law of the countries we work in and to refer concerns about potentially criminal behaviour to the relevant authorities and to report these also to our clients.

Responsibility

The Group chair is responsible for the effective implementation and maintenance of this policy. The Group business management systems and risk director is responsible for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, and for auditing the control systems embedded in our business management systems. The Group safeguarding lead is responsible for providing staff with support in knowing how to recognise and respond to potential concerns.

General managers are responsible for their teams meeting our safeguarding standards on a day-to-day basis and for monitoring compliance with them. Project principals are responsible for incorporating safeguarding standards in projects.

All staff and our sub-contractors working with children and adults at risk of harm are responsible for meeting standards and reporting breaches and concerns.

Approach

We are committed to all staff and sub-contractors acting in compliance with the principles of safeguarding within this policy and as laid out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We seek to build safe working environments through our safe recruitment, selection and vetting process, including background checks, disclosure statements and referees.

For staff working with children and adults at risk, safeguarding is mandatory. All contact with people at risk, including interaction through social media must meet the standards outlined in this policy. Each year these colleagues are required to review and sign this Safeguarding policy, as are our sub-contractors.

We encourage staff, sub-contractors and beneficiary populations to raise concerns without fear of reprisal, either through line managers or by using Speak Up, our confidential reporting service that is independently managed for us by Expolink

We investigate all reports with independent teams that are committed to maintaining confidentiality of reports. We seek to take swift action to support and protect children and adults at risk where concerns arise regarding possible abuse or exploitation.

For further information on how we are safeguarding children and adults at risk please see our safeguarding policy here:

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