Safeguarding for Development Conference 2019

Find out about the sector's progress on improving safeguarding and hear best practice in specific areas of safeguarding at our free members-only event.  

Monday 2 December 2019
etc. venues County Hall, Riverside Building, Belvedere Road, London SE1 7PB

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Over the last 18 months, organisations across the international development and humanitarian sector have worked to improve safeguarding standards and practices. This conference is your opportunity to:  

  • Reflect on the sector's progress towards better safeguarding practice 
  • Provide a space to share experience, knowledge and learning 
  • Discuss where further attention is needed.

Last year's event brought together 240 people from 183 organisations to work on creating sector-wide solutions to safeguarding.

This event is for Bond members only.


09.00- 10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.00- 10.05

Welcome and chair's introduction

Speaker: Frances Longley, CARE International UK

10.05- 10.50

Opening plenary: Making progress towards better safeguarding practice
Reflecting on progress across the sector over the last 18 months and what challenges remain. 

Speakers: Frances Longley, CARE International UK, Steve Reeves, Save the Children UK, Megan Nobert, IRC, Tim Hansen, Conciliation Resources

10.50- 11.10 Break for refreshments
11.10- 12.40 Breakout sessions: Better practice, better implementation 

Safeguarding for small NGOs 
Discuss common challenges and smart solutions for smaller NGOs.

Speakers: Philippa Ramsden, Scotland's International Development Alliance, Sarah Ingleby, Tools for Self-Reliance, Isabel Steele, Sense International, Dan Jarman, PACT UK, Georgina Awoonor-Gordon, Chance for Childhood


Whistleblowing: what you need to know 
The role of whistleblowers in surfacing concerns, and what organisations can do to encourage and support them.

Speakers: Jo Davies, United Purpose, Francesca West, Protect, Miranda Brown, CHS Alliance, Caroline Hunt-Matthes, Webster University


Sector platforms' role in safeguarding  
How national sector platforms can support their members with better safeguarding practice. 

Speakers: Andrew May, Bond, Joyce Soares, Forus, Annami Lofving, Zia ur Rehman, Pakistan Development Alliance, Kathrina Stahlecker, VENRO, Funmi Akinleye, NNNGO


Good standards for better practice   
Expore how standards drive better safeguarding practice and whether more harmonisation across standards is needed. 

Speakers: Tim Cohen, Rainforest Foundation UK, William Harris, Keeping Children Safe, Jules Frost, CHS Alliance, Megan Nobert, IRC

12.40- 13.40

Lunch and networking

Optional drop-in sessions over lunch: Aid Worker ID , InterPol, Referencing Scheme, Leadership tool, Ombudsman  

13.45- 15.15 Breakout sessions: Safeguarding done differently

Intersectionality and safeguarding  
How an intersectional approach to safeguarding contributes to better practice.

Speakers: Patricia Young, Terre des hommes, Mariama Deschamps, Plan  International, Clotilde Lappartient, Plan UK, Julia Kraguli, IDDC/The Leprosy Mission England and Wales


Are we getting it right?  
Explore whether the sector's current safeguarding focus is too narrow and how organisations can go beyond compliance. 

Speakers: Frances Longley, CARE International UK, Ruby Moshenska, ActionAid, Caroline Hunt Matthes, Webster University


How can we work together for better practice?  
This panel session explores how different actors in the sector can work together to amplify learning and improve practice. 

Speakers: Kat Hancock, IMC Worldwide, Melissa Logan, Chemonics, Clifford Isabel, Oxfam, Alex Farrington, HLA


Building trust to encourage reporting 
This panel session discusses how building trust in an organisation’s reporting mechanisms is crucial in empowering staff and beneficiaries to report incidents.

Speakers: Carolina Echegaray, Oxfam, Jill Healey, ChildHope UK, Danielle Cornish-Spencer, SD Direct, Emily Tomkys-Valteri, Oxfam

15.15- 15.35 Break for refreshments
15.35- 16.35

Closing plenary: Where next for safeguarding? 
We look at the next steps for the sector.

Speakers: Frances Longley, CARE International UK, Peter Taylor, DFID, Karen Walker-Simpson, Comic Relief, Kathryn Gordon, VSO


Chair's close
Speaker: Frances Longley, CARE International UK


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