A safe environment is important. Especially when you work as an organization with minors or people with intellectual disabilities. This means that in addition to the presence of a physically safe (playing) environment and safe materials, minors and people with disabilities must also be able to feel safe. This does not only apply to them: all people in the organization benefit from a physically and socially safe working environment. Preventing (sexual) transgressive behavior is also in the interest of the organization itself. As an organisation, you therefore have the task of putting the subject on the agenda. Openness and a preventive policy help with this.
The damage caused by unwanted sexual behavior is great. First of all with the victims, but also in the organization where it takes place. Therefore, set a good example and discuss safety. Stimulate employees to improve and guarantee safety within the organization and put the subject and especially the need for prevention on the agenda. In this way an open culture is created and the organization shows that the subject is taken seriously.
For more information and useful tips, visit the Safe Hands website.
Need information, support or advice?
(Volunteer) organizations that are interested in a training, a consultation, completing the risk analysis or individual support, can call on the Volunteer Center Haarlem & Surroundings and its cooperation partners.
Contact person for this is Sylvia Wesselius, email@example.com , telephone 023-5314862
An independent confidential counselor has been appointed for the municipalities of Haarlem and Bloemendaal. You can contact her with questions about (suspicion of) unwanted (sexual) behavior within a (voluntary) organization or if you are dealing with unwanted (sexual) behavior yourself.
Introducing: confidential counselor Ingeborg van de Poll
My name is Ingeborg van de Poll and I am a confidential counselor for volunteers and (volunteer) organizations in Haarlem. The name confidential counselor says it all, you can talk to me in confidence. Sometimes you experience insecurity in your voluntary work or as an organization you see something that you find difficult to discuss. They can be subjects where you feel unsafe because someone else has done something to you that you have experienced as unpleasant. It is possible that someone has called you names, threatened or harassed you. And it is also possible that someone has touched you inadvertently. Situations where someone has crossed your line! As a confidential counselor I have a duty of confidentiality. So everything you tell me stays between you and me.
I made a short video in which I tell a little more about myself and about my work as a confidential advisor.
If you have any questions or would like to talk to me, I can be reached at number
Organizations do their best to deal with their volunteers in the best possible way. However, it can happen that a volunteer has complaints about the organization or about people who perform work for the organization, whether or not they are employed. Normally, a complaint is resolved by talking to the person(s) involved or by internal mediation through the board or management of the (volunteer) organization. If this does not work satisfactorily and the organization does not have a complaints committee itself, you can turn to an independent complaints committee for volunteer work in Haarlem and the surrounding area.
The complaints committee can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org . The secretary then takes up the matter. This secretary works independently of the Haarlem Volunteer Center and the surrounding area.
'Voluntary Commitment: Well Organized' is the quality mark that the Netherlands Organization for Voluntary Work awards to organizations that have organized voluntary work well (in policy and in practice).
A good volunteer policy increases the job satisfaction and involvement of the volunteers. Moreover, it is positive for the image of the organization towards new volunteers, stakeholders and financiers.
Obtaining the Good Regulations quality mark requires a thorough evaluation and sometimes adjustment/improvement of the work processes surrounding volunteer work.
Wondering what steps your organization needs to take to obtain the Quality Mark? Please contact Sylvia Wesselius email@example.com .