Legislative Context

Legislative Context

Safeguarding policies and procedures must be grounded in the legislation and policy framework of the country an organisation is registered or based in. In Scotland the following policies, legislation and guidance apply:  
 
Where work is implemented in an overseas country, it is essential to undertake an analysis of the legislative and policy environment of the country. This can be done by completing a risk assessment, or, carrying out due diligence with your in-country partner.
 
Concerns arise when the legislation of the country where development work is being implemented differs from the country of the organisation - for example, age of consent, labour law, law relating to commercial sex work and homosexuality. In general, the laws of the country you are working in take precedence, unless they contravene a UN treaty.
 
When developing your policy, check to see which treaties the country is signed up to, and make explicit which laws and/or treaties your policies complies with. 

If you would like to hear more about the support and specifically the capacity development that the Alliance offers to member organisations please get in touch with a member of the team.
 
We welcome your feedback on the package. If you feel that there is a resource or training session that would be particularly useful for your organisation that the Alliance could develop or offer, please fill out the feedback form below to let us know your thoughts. 
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