FSI’s CEO reflects on recent news of bullying and harassment in the sector

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

_ Amber Shotton _

In July 2020 the FSI held their annual team strategy session, but with a clear call from the team to centre the strategy on our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion. We agreed plans and actions to ensure that we developed and implemented any new practices, and these have been underway ever since. However, last week's Third Sector article about the findings of the independent review into bullying and harassment at NCVO has made myself and the team reflect further.

I’m pleased to see the plans and commitment outlined by NCVO, and the changes being implemented by Interim Chief Executive, Sarah Vibert, to make NCVO “inclusive, socially just and relevant”. And I am also pleased to see the level of support and appreciation, by the many people in the sector, for the courage taken by those who have suffered discriminatory behaviours.

Ultimately, it has reminded us that there is always more to do, and that we should look back and reflect on the past to help develop new ways of working in the future. We are confident that with the support of our trustees we can forge a better tomorrow for our staff, volunteers, members and wider small charity sector. We will of course update our members on key changes.

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Members can access our free Advice Hub and we can match you with experts in HR, law and beyond https://www.thefsi.org/charity-advice-hub

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Third Sector have pulled together a number of resources here including the National Bullying Helpline and Mental Health Foundation https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/third-sector-podcast-notjustncvo-resources/article/1707225

ACEVO and Voice4Change England's 2020 Home Truths Report contains practical recommendations for addressing racism in the sector and organisations. https://www.acevo.org.uk/reports/home-truths/

ACEVO's report on Hidden Leaders: Disability Leadership in Civil Society, Co-authored by disability activist Zara Todd and third sector researcher Ellie Munro, explores what civil society need to consider if they want to be embedding disability inclusive practice https://www.acevo.org.uk/reports/hidden-leaders/hidden-leaders-disability-leadership-in-civil-society/

POC Impact is a community for people of colour working in the impact sector https://www.pocimpact.co.uk/