Salisbury Foundation Trust

FOI_4911

Internal Reference Number: FOI_4911

Date Request Received: 21/02/2019 11:27:17

Date Request Replied To: 21/03/2019 16:09:27

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Request Summary: Allegations of sexual misconduct

Request Category: Media








 
Question Number 1:
For each of the last five calendar years, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, please state the number of allegations received of:

a. Sexual misconduct
b. Sexual harassment
c. Sexual assault
d. Rape
 
Answer To Question 1:
Please see attached fileFOI 4911 Feb 2019.pdf
 
Question Number 2:
For each of the above allegations received, please state:

a) Whether the alleged victim was a member of the public, patient or health worker
b) Whether the alleged perpetrator was a member of the public, patient or health worker
c) Brief details of allegations
d) Outcome of case ie for instance if the alleged perpetrator was a member of staff were they cautioned, disciplined of sacked
e) Whether allegation was referred to police
 
Answer To Question 2:
Please see attached file.
 
Question Number 3:
For each of the last five calendar years, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, please state the number of allegations received where the alleged victim was under the age of 18 of:

a) Sexual misconduct
b) Sexual harassment
c) Sexual assault
d) Rape
 
Answer To Question 3:
Please see attached file.
 
Question Number 4:
For each of the above allegations received re alleged victims under 18, please state:

a) Whether the alleged victim was a member of the public, patient or health worker
b) Whether the alleged perpetrator was a member of the public, patient or health worker
c) Brief synopsis of allegations
d) Outcome of case ie for instance if the alleged perpetrator was a member of staff were they cautioned, disciplined of sacked
e) Whether allegation was referred to police
 
Answer To Question 4:
Please see attached file.
 
Question Number 5:
Please state the number of non-disclosure agreements your organisation holds with current or former staff which involve or relate to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape or other sexual offences. For each of these, please state the number and financial value of the settlements.
 
Answer To Question 5:
None.
 
Question Number 6:
Please provide any official definitions your organisation uses to classify allegations of a sexual nature and any official guidance/flowcharts for dealing with such cases
 
Answer To Question 6:
Please see our Dignity at Work Policy, extract below.

2.1 What do we mean by Bullying and Harassment?

In the Equality Act 2010, harassment is defined as ‘unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic (age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity) which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual’. Individuals are protected in law from discrimination of this nature.

Bullying is not specifically defined in law, however ACAS give the following definition of bullying: ‘Bullying may be characterised as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient’.

2.2 What does Bullying and Harassment include?

Bullying or harassment may involve single or repeated incidents ranging from extreme forms of intimidating behaviour, such as physical violence, to more subtle forms such as ignoring someone. Bullying may be hierarchical or peer-to-peer. It can be delivered in a variety of ways, with or without witnesses, and be a persistent behaviour over a period of time, or a one-off act. Examples include:

• unwelcome/derogatory remarks about a person’s age, dress, appearance, race or marital status, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation
• isolation or non-cooperation and exclusion from social activities
• unwelcome sexual advances – touching, standing too close, display of offensive materials, asking for sexual favours
• pressure to participate in political/religious groups
• personal intrusion from pestering, spying and stalking
• failure to safeguard confidential information
• exclusion or victimisation
• shouting and bawling; bad language
• overbearing supervision or other misuse of power or position
• persistent unwarranted criticism
• personal insults
• bullying and/or harassment that takes place at a work-related event such as a Christmas Party or a training course
• ‘cyber’ bullying and/or harassment – including Facebook and Twitter

Bullying and Harassment does not necessarily occur face to face, it may occur through written communications, visual images (e.g. pictures of a sexual nature or embarrassing photos of colleagues), email or phone.

Whatever form it takes, if it is unwarranted and unwelcome to the individual, it will not be tolerated by the Trust.

Please see attachments:
FOI 4911 Feb 2019.docx
FOI 4911 Feb 2019.pdf
FOI 4911.docx
 
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