Street Child statement on rape allegation involving a staff and a 10 year old girl in Borno State

We are aware that one of our national staff members has been accused of rape. The allegation, occurring outside work, is currently being investigated by the police. We have immediately suspended the staff member in line with our organisational protocols, pending the outcome of the police investigation. Street Child fully supports this objective inquiry and will render any assistance requested.

We are closely following the situation and ready to act to ensure that the proper and appropriate steps are taken. Our concern is now for the survivor. While ensuring their privacy and safety, it is important that the survivor is properly cared for and receives the support they need.

Street Child totally condemns abuse and exploitation in any form and is committed to providing protection and support to anyone coming into contact with our organisation. Street Child has zero tolerance for any violation of humanitarian and safeguarding principles, particularly related to the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation.”