21 Feb A statement from Mercy Ships
As many of our Mercy Ships family of supporters and partners know, the charity sector is undergoing intense scrutiny over how organisations handle accusations of sexual impropriety. We believe it’s important for everyone to know that Mercy Ships welcomes this scrutiny and believes that transparency and accountability on these issues are vital to maintaining strong, trusting relationships with those we serve, our supporters and the public.
For 40 years, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 55 developing countries, providing free surgeries for the poor. Skilled volunteers from around the world contribute to our charitable mission. Everywhere we have served, every day we have served, our first priority has always been the safety and well-being of our patients, our staff and our volunteers. That will always be true.
We work continuously to ensure the safety of all our crew and those we serve. All Mercy Ships volunteers agree to abide by a strict code of conduct that includes a child protection policy. In addition, Mercy Ships ensures that a child protection officer is on duty in every location for an added level of security. The organisation also monitors and supervises field operations consistently.
Procedures and policies governing the welfare of volunteers, staff and those we serve are regularly assessed and improved where necessary. In addition, Mercy Ships has an international task force in place, ensuring the organisation meets the highest standards of conduct for all beneficiaries and staff.
Mercy Ships holds strong to our core values:
• Loving God
• Loving and serving others
• Being people of integrity
• Being people of excellence in all we say and do
We thank you for your ongoing support of Mercy Ships. Together, we are eradicating the diseases of poverty across Africa.