Harmful Traditional Practices in the Workplace: Guidance for Best Practice

Khan, Roxanne orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-3485-2450 and Hall, Beth orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7143-4605 (2020) Harmful Traditional Practices in the Workplace: Guidance for Best Practice. Manual. Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM), Preston, UK.

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This guidance raises awareness of harmful traditional practices (HTPs) to help organisations address this hidden form of abuse. The guidance is divided into three main sections, each with an introduction followed by five recommendations.

Section i. Environment. Explores cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, and other initiatives to help organisations support people affected by HTPs.
Section ii. Education. Suggests specific training and other ways to raise organisational awareness to improve understanding and address the stigma surrounding HTPs.
Section iii. Empowerment. Identifies ways to empower people working in, or associated with, an organisation to talk more openly about issues that affect them, including workplace champions and innovative methods to improve communication.

This is followed by a list of 10 practical steps for organisations to take if someone in the workplace discloses that they are a victim or survivor of harmful traditional practices, including honour abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

Our recommendations are based on a Rapid Evidence Review of the most up-to-date research, and consultation with a select expert advisory panel who have extensive academic and working knowledge of HTPs. Designed to inform all public, private, and third sector organisations, of any size. This guidance is also helpful for professionals working with vulnerable children and adults.

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