Labour to review policies after Young Labour camp incidents

Published: Wed 29 Aug 2018 12:01 PM
Chris Bramwell, Deputy Political Editor
The Labour Party says it will implement all the recommendations of a report into indecent assaults at a Young Labour camp in February.
Labour Party president Nigel Haworth said the party had established a process for putting in place the changes. (file photo) Photo: RNZ / Chris Bramwell
A 20-year-old man from Mt Roskill, with interim name suppression, has denied six charges at Auckland District Court of assaulting four people believed to be between 16 and 18 years old.
A reviewcarried out by lawyer Maria Austen into Labour's handling of the complaints has been reported back to the party's president.
The recommendations include developing a more effective relationship between Young Labour and the Labour Party, and reviewing the party's code of conduct and its policies on alcohol, sexual harassment, bullying and its complaints procedure.
Labour Party president Nigel Haworth said Labour had committed to putting in place all the recommendations and had established a process for that work to be completed.
• Develop a more tangible and effective relationship between Young Labour and the Labour Party
• Review and/or develop policies on The party's code of conduct - along with consideration as to whether that should apply to the Young Labour Party, or whether a modified or separate code should be developed
• Review and/or develop policies on sexual harassment and sexual assault, alcohol, events and host responsibility, bullying and complaint procedure
• Incorporate updated event registration and parental consent and risk disclosure information requirements and forms to ensure compliance with current best practice and all legislation relating to the care of minors when participating in party held events.
• Ensure at least one Labour Party representative should also attend the entire event and be available throughout (solely or jointly with another nominated adult supervisor) to ensure compliance with safety and welfare expectations and the Young Labour Party should also nominate a welfare officer to attend all events
• Introduce a new, over-arching alcohol policy, formulated in consultation with expert external advice
• Introduce a new open complaints process to enable complaints to be received and responded to without delay and with the appropriate degree of specialist advice.
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