Christian Aid reveals sexual misconduct investigations following Oxfam accusations

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Penny Mordaunt condemned the behaviour of some Oxfam staff members as a "complete betrayal", as she threatened to pull government funding ahead of the meeting.

Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, also accused Oxfam of a failure of "moral leadership'".

The Sunday Times reported that there had been more than 120 cases of sexual harassment or abuse recorded at some of Britain's leading charities in the past year alone, with the highest number at Oxfam, who recorded 87 incidents last year.

"With regard to Oxfam and any other organisation that has safeguarding issues, we expect them to cooperate fully with such authorities, and we will cease to fund any organisation that does not", Mordaunt said in a statement.

Former Oxfam staff in Chad told the paper that "women believed to be prostitutes were repeatedly invited to the Oxfam team house there", and a senior staff member was sacked for his behaviour in 2006.

Mordaunt said Oxfam had told her department "categorically no" when it had asked if any beneficiaries of aid had been involved in or affected by the misconduct.

Although the charity has denied covering up the alleged scandal, Christian Aid said the claims are "deplorable".

Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt told the BBC that she will meet with Oxfam officials on Monday and if they don't turn over everything they know "then I can not work with them anymore as an aid delivery partner".

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He said that it was very important to remember that "there are thousands of people working for Oxfam in some of the most hard places. and we must not forget that Oxfam is one of Britain's most brilliant charities". They initially said they were investigating misconduct, and when they concluded that report they did not tell us the nature of these events.

"What is so disturbing about Oxfam is that when this was reported to them, they completely failed to do the right thing", she said.

"It is not sufficient to be appalled by the behavior of our former staff - we must and will learn from it and use it as a spur to improvement".

Everybody - the 25,000 staff and volunteers - are compromised by this, the hundreds of thousands of people who support Oxfam every month are compromised by this, and to everybody I apologise, he said.

Oxfam said it had no report of the Chad allegations, but had introduced steps to prevent sexual exploitation of the vulnerable people they deal with after the Haiti revelations.

Save The Children said all 31 abuse allegations took place in foreign countries and that 16 people had been dismissed as a result.

The charity added it will soon deliver a "safeguarding training course for faith organisations, especially churches, so they can understand, recognise and respond to safeguarding issues, and develop a safer culture".

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