RSPCA commits to tackling ‘culture of bullying’

26 Oct 2018 News

Chris Sherwood, incoming chief executive of RSPCA

The RSPCA has promised that it will tackle a “culture of bullying” following a confidential survey undertaken by a union.

The survey by Unite found that 29 per cent of staff had been bullied and 46 per cent believed bullying was a serious issue in the organisation.

Chris Sherwood, chief executive of the RSPCA, issued a statement earlier this week, promising to make changes in light of the results of the survey.

“I am deeply troubled by the findings and take them extremely seriously,” he said. “There is absolutely no place for bullying of any nature within the RSPCA. 

“I have recruited a new director of people and culture who is looking at all aspects of staff wellbeing. We will be working on training all of our managers to the highest possible standard and will also shortly be launching a wellbeing action group which will work with Unite to review all relevant policies and explore fresh ways to ensure that anyone can raise a concern and access support.

“I am determined that the RSPCA will be a rewarding, compassionate and empowering environment in which to work and volunteer.” 

Siobhan Endean, national officer for the charity and voluntary sector at Unite, said the union welcomed Sherwood’s commitment.

“It is essential that the commitment to work with Unite to develop a long-term dignity at work strategy is fully undertaken, as this is essential to tackle the problems exposed by the workforce,” she said.

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