What is safeguarding?
In UK legislation, safeguarding relates to protecting vulnerable adults and children from abuse, neglect and harm. However, organisations working in international development and UK charities are expanding that definition to address abuse and harm which might take place in their organisations. According to the UK Charity Commission this means ensuring that, "no one who comes into contact with their charity suffers distress or harm."
Identifying & addressing safeguarding risks
Much like the concept of duty of care, there is no one thing which must be done to address all safeguarding risks. Establishing a safeguarding 'function' or hiring a 'Head of Safeguarding' are good steps toward identifying and addressing safeguarding risks but - like duty of care and security - safeguarding must be inclusive and integrated in many of the functions and roles in the organisation. Like the oft quoted saying that, 'everyone is responsible for security' in the same way, 'everyone' must be responsible for safeguarding.
Components of safeguarding
There are a variety of components organisations need to consider when strengthening their safeguarding practice to address safeguarding risks including these below. Each are critical in safeguarding practice:
Where to begin?
Research and learning
UK Charity Commission
a free seminar
for international development organisations
Thursday, 03 May 2018
9.30 - 11.00am
17 Oval Way | London | SE11 5RR
Speakers & Format
The seminar will be led by Safer Edge’s Investigations Expert, Andrew Thomson and will include the opportunity to ask questions both anonymously beforehand and in person. Safer Edge, CEO, Kelsey Hoppe will be hosting the seminar and addressing questions related to security practice in safeguarding risk. Christine Williamson, Director and Founder of Duty of Care International will also be present to support questions related to duty of care. Attendees will be able to share thoughts and experience under Chatham House rules as well as have the opportunity to network with others responsible for safeguarding afterwards.
Andrew has nearly 20 years experience running successful global investigations in the UK and overseas. He has worked with international organisations and the EU and UN on investigative techniques and strategic change in security. A recognised expert in his field, Andrew has given briefings and conferences in Europe, North America, SE Asia, East Asia and S. America.
Kelsey is an organisational security specialist who helps organisations understand their risk and mitigate their risks in ways that are congruent with their vision, mission and culture. She has worked in internationally for over 20 years and including leading and coordinating in humanitarian responses in Darfur, Sudan, South Sudan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Ukraine.
Safer Edge will be holding a two-day, intensive investigations course in London at the end of May and attendees will be given more details. If you are not able to attend but would like more information on the course, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is limited and will be designated on a first come, first serve basis. Registration closes on 30 April 2018.
Safeguarding in humanitarian organisations: a practical look at prevention and response
Humanitarian organisations are looking to improve their safeguarding practice. Some have well developed system and mechanisms and some are just beginning to implement or enhance theirs. This article by Kelsey Hoppe and Christine Williamson gives safeguarding practitioners some thoughtful practical steps to take. Read more...
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