Managing safeguarding investigations

This course equips you to manage investigations into safeguarding concerns, with practical guidance on developing risk assessments & terms of reference, appointing an investigation team, managing stakeholder relationships & the reporting process.

Course dates

This course will equip you to manage organisational investigations into safeguarding concerns. You will learn how to develop risk assessments and terms of reference and receive practical guidance on appointing an investigation team, reporting and managing stakeholder relationships. 

This course will not train you to become a safeguarding investigator. It will equip you to manage the investigation process - to oversee the required steps and follow key principles of conducting an investigation. 

Who is it for?

Those with responsibility for managing safeguarding investigations, e.g. safeguarding leads or focal points, audit, compliance and risk managers, HR managers or designated safeguarding officers. 

To register for this course you must have previously attended Bond’s good safeguarding practice or similar, or have an equivalent level of knowledge and skill gained through professional experience, including the management of safeguarding investigations. If you do not have the required experience we strongly recommend that you attend good safeguarding practice first. Please contact [email protected] if you are unsure whether this course is right for you.

Course structure

Three half-days of live interactive online sessions, plus groupwork between the sessions. See the schedule below for full course timings.

Total time commitment over the period of the course is 15 hours:

  • 10.5 hours of live online sessions
  • 4.5 hours of self-paced activities

What you will learn

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals and key principles of managing a safeguarding concern
  • Describe the role and responsibilities of the investigation manager and investigation team
  • Develop an outline of a risk assessment 
  • Review and improve an investigation plan
  • Manage stakeholder relationships throughout and beyond an investigation
  • Support an outcome that follows due process and is survivor and witness-focussed


This course will be delivered entirely online, through facilitated live sessions (using Zoom) as well as individual and group activities on the Bond learning platform. We work hard to make sure you get the same level of interaction and facilitator support as you would in our training room. You’ll work in breakout rooms, use case studies, co-create documents and even take part in role play – all online.

  • Key principles of investigating a safeguarding concern
  • Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders; delineation of duties
  • Selecting the investigation team 
  • Risk assessments, investigation plans 
  • Managing and supporting stakeholders; the survivor, investigations team and others
  • Overseeing the investigation reports and next steps
  • Managing feedback to stakeholders


All times in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Check the live session start and end time in your timezone here (please ensure you choose the right date when checking timezones).

Pre-course activity: approximately 45 minutes' additional work required before live session 1

Live session 1: Wednesday 25 November 2020, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT

Group task: approximately 1.5 hours' additional work required between live session 1 and 2

Live session 2: Wednesday 2nd December 2020, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT

Group task: approximately 1 hour's additional work required between live session 2 and 3

Live sessions 3: Friday 4th December 2020, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT

Booking deadline

Bookings will close at 15:00 GMT on the last working day before the course to enable us to email participants the joining instructions ahead of the first live session.

Course prices

Band 1


Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.


off if you book early*


off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 to Friday, December 4, 2020

14 places available


Aneeta Williams

Aneeta Williams is a former lawyer turned international development and humanitarian practitioner. Her specialisms include International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, Gender and SGBV and Safeguarding and Protection.

Lucy provides training and support on programme performance, accountability and safeguarding to a range of NGO and UN clients.

Picture of Richard Powell

Richard is the Founder and Director of SafeForChildren a consultancy setup to provide support to organisations to ensure they are child safe.