Overseas workers 'not properly insured'

Some volunteers asked to arrange their own insurance, says good practice head

Some charities are sending staff overseas without the right insurance, according to the head of a good practice body for aid organisations

Jonathan Potter, chief executive of People In Aid, told Third Sector some charities asked people to arrange their own insurance before a trip. "A lot of small and medium-sized charities, and all the large ones, are very responsible," he said.

"But some ask volunteers to find their own insurance, which is hard to come by or unbelievably expensive.

"Before any volunteer is sent abroad to help with a charitable project, a lot of things need to be provided," he said. "A charity worker should get a health check, a briefing on all the risks and an explanation of the agency's responsibilities."

One company that provides insurance for charity workers overseas said the biggest insurance problems came during humanitarian disasters.

"A lot of organisations aim to get abroad quickly and do not consider the consequences in detail," a spokesman said.

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