Safeguarding

We are working with members, government and regulatory bodies to ensure organisations are equipped to prevent sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment across the international development sector. 

Our commitment to prevent sexual exploitation in the sector

We recognise that in some cases the sector has fallen short in terms of safeguarding and let down the vulnerable people we work with. Bond’s members have been working to improve their safeguarding policies and practices, building on the best examples from the aid and UK domestic sector. Our commitment to change in safeguarding pulls this work together and demonstrates how the NGO sector is driving forwards consistency and leadership on safeguarding so we all reach the same standards and work together to protect people from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. 

See our 12 commitments and 34 related actions to drive change in safeguarding.

Progress and actions 

Bond has convened four cross-sector working groups to take practical steps towards the commitments in four areas:

  • Accountability to people we work with
  • Organisational culture
  • The employment cycle
  • Reports and complaints mechanisms

Over the last several months, the working groups have collaborated on a series of projects and developed guidance  to improve safeguarding practices across these themes. You can find out more about the groups' progress and the outputs they've delivered. If you’re a Bond member, you can view draft versions of projects and get information on next steps in our members’ area. 

We also convened our members at an event in August to provide the latest insights on key areas of safeguarding. You can read about six priorities for transformative action that came out of the event.

We also represented our wider membership at DFID's international summit to tackle sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in the aid sector on 18 October. At the event, we presented the NGO sector’s commitments to change in safeguarding. A year on from the summit, we as a sector provided evidence to the UK’s International Development Committee (IDC) as part of their follow up to the inquiry into sexual exploitation in the aid sector.

Guidance and training

We’ve gathered background information, guidance and resources, training opportunities and information on regulators’ requirements to support members in driving up safeguarding standards across their organisations.

We run two training courses: Good safeguarding practice and Managing safeguarding investigations. Contact us about Safeguarding governance for boards of trustees - a bespoke workshop delivered in-house for your organisation.

If you would like further feedback and support on your organisation’s safeguarding framework, our specialist consultant will review your policies and procedures, provide comprehensive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations to ensure you achieve your safeguarding objective.