We think there are a few simple steps the Labour Party could take to better support victims of domestic and sexual abuse, harassment and discrimination to come forward as well as to make a real shift in the culture of the Party:
- A comprehensive set of policies on bullying and harassment, sexual harassment, domestic abuse, abuse, assault and sexual assault – including clear protections against victimisation for those reporting incidents, in line with the Equality Act.
- A new section in the Rule Book requiring members not to share confidential information they become aware of as part of a complaints process – with penalties for breach of these rules.
- Safeguarding training for all party staff, elected officials and those holding voluntary positions within the party both locally and nationally, which includes a clear set of guidelines about appropriate behaviour, alongside training for party members to be good bystanders who know how to challenge inappropriate behaviour and support victims if they come forward.
- Independent, expert advisers to assist internal party panels of NEC or NCC members when making determinations in all complaints relating to the policies set out in 1 above.