Former Senior UN Official Who Visited UWCs Faces Pedophilia Charges In Nepal


by the Flying Dutchman,
April 10th, 2018


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According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, one of the world’s leading experts on humanitarian work with street children and children affected by war has been arrested on pedophilia charges.
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Canadian humanitarian worker Peter Dalglish, who helped found the charity Street Kids International, was taken in by police in Nepal on Sunday April 8. 
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The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police said they wanted to question Dalglish over claims he was involved in pedophile activities in Kavre district, around 50 kilometers north of the capital, Kathmandu.
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Peter Dalglish has spoken at multiple UWC events, such as UWCCongress, UWC Thailand’s opening ceremony and UWCSEA’s graduation in 2016. This has sparked concern among the colleges as well as the International Office. Peter Dalglish was also on the board of UWC Thailand as an expert in education, but he has now been suspended. In response UWC International released a statement on April 10th.


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UWC International Statement on Arrest of Co-Founder of Street Kids International
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On the 9th of April 2018, we learned about the arrest of Peter Dalglish on charges of child sexual exploitation (see for example here). We thought Mr. Dalglish was part of the fight for education opportunities for disadvantaged children across the globe. It is shocking that the precarious situation of these children may have been used for their sexual exploitation. We must now trust the relevant authorities to investigate the charges fully and completely. UWC International takes any allegation of misconduct related to children extremely seriously, both with regard to children who are part of the UWC community and beyond. Mr. Dalglish was not associated with UWC International in any formal role, but he spoke at a number of UWC events – not least the UWC Congress 2016 – about his work for the UN and with street children. Until recently, Mr. Dalglish also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of UWC Thailand but has been suspended from this position pending further investigation.
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When rumours about possible exploitative behaviour of Mr. Dalglish in Nepal first came to our attention in November 2017 we liaised with UWC Thailand and the school launched an internal inquiry, quickly followed by an external inquiry employing a forensic psychologist (Mentor Forensic Services, MFS) who specializes in external independent child safeguarding inquiries. At the same time, UWC Thailand contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with their concerns as they could coordinate internationally across jurisdictions. To date, no UWC community members have been identified through the process as having been assaulted and/or exploited.
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Ensuring that robust policies and processes are in place for each UWC entity to identify and respond to allegations and/or incidents related to safeguarding is of paramount importance to the whole UWC community. Safeguarding was again a key topic at the recent meetings of representatives from all our 17 independently-governed schools and colleges in Singapore.
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We invite students or other UWC community members who have interacted with Mr. Dalglish and have anything they wish to share, or have been affected in any way by the issues raised in this communication, to contact Kate Turner, Deputy Executive Director UWC International (Kate.Turner@uwcio.uwc.org). We know that once an allegation such as this comes forward publicly, it sometimes gives individuals the confidence needed to report their own experience with (or separate from) the accused. You can be assured that in this, or in any other circumstance, we will always take concerns seriously and we will follow up in order to keep our community safe. We will offer any support we can.


 

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