On 13th August 2020 Penny Appeal became aware of an alleged safeguarding issue in Gambia at a local community-based organisation supported by our partner organisation, Penny Appeal Gambia.
As an organisation, we are truly horrified at the allegations. Protecting children and young people from harm is of the highest possible level of importance to us. We recognise and accept our responsibility to ensure our partners provide an environment which promotes the safety of our beneficiaries, especially young people, at all times.
As such, we have started the commissioning of a full and independent investigation into all related matters. Furthermore, we are reaching out to the relevant authorities in Gambia and have informed the Charity Commission of this through a Serious Incident Report.
All safeguarding concerns are treated with the highest level of seriousness and priority. Our primary concern has and will always be the wellbeing of those in need.
Further updates will be posted as the investigation is underway.