Oxfam scandal has put charity's relationship with Government at risk - minister

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The U.K.'s global development secretary is set to meet with charity leadership Monday following a sexual misconduct scandal that shook the organization last week.

Oxfam, one of Britain's biggest charities, on Friday condemned the behaviour of some former staff in Haiti after a newspaper report said aid workers had paid for sex while on a mission to help those affected by the 2010 natural disaster.

Thomson did not mention Sunday's report in The Observer, The Guardian's Sunday newspaper, that alleged that the aid group also covered up allegations that staff in Chad paid for sex with young women.

Ms Mordaunt said she had written to all United Kingdom charities that receive aid from the Government and asked them to explain the measures they took to implement safeguarding measures. She added: "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, then we cannot have you as a partner".

Penny Mordaunt hit out at Oxfam officials who had used prostitutes while working in Haiti after the 2010 natural disaster, dubbing their behaviour "despicable".

Ms Mordaunt said the charity had also "categorically" stated to the DfID that beneficiaries were not involved in the misconduct and no harm was done.

"Oxfam had no formal obligation to anybody anything, this wasn't a public story, this was an internal investigation", Mr Goldring said.

Goldring apologised yesterday and said he was 'deeply ashamed of Oxfam's behaviour [in Haiti]'.

A senior member of staff, Roland van Hauwermeiren, led the mission in Chad as well as the Oxfam's work in Haiti, but resigned from the charity in 2011.

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She told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: I am affording them the opportunity to tell me in person what they did after these events and I'm going to be looking to see if they are displaying the moral leadership that I think they need to now.

It confirmed asking Oxfam to urgently provide fresh information.

It said Oxfam's leaders had "showed a lack of judgement" in their handling of the matter and their level of openness with the government and Charity Commission.

The Charity Commission said on Saturday that it had written to Oxfam "as a matter of urgency" to request further information.

In an emailed statement to dpa on Sunday, Oxfam said it would "strive to clarify as soon as possible whether the [Chad] allegations were known to us and what measures were taken".

She added that sexual abuse in the charity sector as "utterly despicable", and vowed to meet the charity commission to discus what more could be done to fight it.

However, he said a report released by the charity did not give details of the allegations.

Caroline Thompson, who chairs Oxfam Great Britain's board of trustees, said charities that work in "fragile and unstable environments can become targets for abusers", but that the organization is committed to fixing the problems it faces.

The Oxford-based charity allowed three men to resign and sacked four others for gross misconduct following investigations, according to the Times.

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