The importance of safeguarding at the RNLI

Following widespread national media coverage of allegations of misconduct by Oxfam staff in Haiti, there has been further reporting of complaints and investigations relating to other high profile charities and their safeguarding procedures related to international operations.
The RNLI's International training

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Safeguarding the communities and individuals the RNLI works with across all our domestic and international work – as well as staff and volunteers – is a top priority.

We are pleased to confirm there is no record of staff members or volunteers being accused of or involved in safeguarding incidents while working abroad. But we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of knowing and understanding the RNLI’s safeguarding policies and procedures to staff and volunteers.

Speaking about the importance of safeguarding Paul Boissier, our Chief Executive, says:

‘I take safeguarding immensely seriously, and I would ask each and every one of you to do so as well.

‘The RNLI is an organisation that prides itself on behaving well, doing the right things, and treating everyone with respect – no matter who they are, or where they come from.

‘People must be able to trust the RNLI, and that means that they must be able to trust each and every one of us who works here – volunteers and staff – because we are part of the RNLI. Anything less would mean that we are letting down the people who need us most.

'So that’s why we have robust procedures in place. We must all be aware of them – and we must abide by them.

‘This is important: I expect us all to take our responsibilities in this area seriously and rigorously, and to encourage colleagues to do the same. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to talk them over with your line manager.’

Please take a moment to look at our Safeguarding Policy on a Page document – it’s a simple summary to highlight the key points of the Safeguarding Policy.

You can find out more about safeguarding here

If you have any concerns about safeguarding at the RNLI, or any general questions about safeguarding, please email the team at