Safeguarding resources

This page provides information on what safeguarding is and how it applies to the sector, as well as the guidance, resources, and tools to help improve your safeguarding policies and practices.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the responsibility of organisations to make sure their staff, operations, and programmes do no harm to children and adults at-risk nor expose them to abuse or exploitation. It is becoming good practice to think about how we safeguard everyone in our organisations at all times, including protecting staff from harm and inappropriate behaviour such as bullying and harassment. 

Who does it apply to?

Everyone connected to your organisation should know how to keep children, adults at-risk, and staff safe. There should be learning opportunities to consistently develop and maintain the necessary measures, attitudes, skills, and knowledge amongst staff, partners, and all those that contribute to your organisation’s work. The communities you work with should understand your commitments to safeguarding and what to do if concerns arise.

Our commitment to change in safeguarding 

These 12 commitments and 34 related actions pull this work together and demonstrate 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.

They are divided between “strategic shifts” which are survivor support and enhanced accountability, minimum standards, cultural change, organisational capacity and capability.

Survivor support and enhanced accountability

Minimum standards

Cultural change

Organisational capacity and capability

Survivor-support and accountability

Supporting survivors, victims and whistleblowers, enhancing accountability and transparency, strengthening reporting and tackling impunity.

Raising a concern

Your employer should have policies and procedures for those who wish to report wrongdoing, but you can report a concern to them even if they don’t. If you don’t want to tell your employer, you are protected by UK law and can report a concern anonymously or confidentially to the Charity Commission directly.

In-country safeguarding and survivor support services 

Bond is working with Safeguarding Group members to collate and signpost guidance and resources on in-country safeguarding and survivor-support services on a dedicated webpage. If you are a Bond member and would like access to this, please contact Andrew May ([email protected]).

Resources

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Safeguarding report-handling toolkit

The 20 core elements of a safeguarding report-handling mechanism for organisations.

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Safeguarding definitions and reporting mechanisms

A list of definitions of safeguarding terms used for safeguarding reporting.

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Safeguarding report-handling mechanism: case studies

This set of case studies should be used to support safeguarding learning.

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8 principles for building trust through feedback

best practice principles for developing an accountable feedback mechanism.

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Good governance for safeguarding: A guide for UK NGO boards

Six ways that trustees can take the lead on safeguarding.

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Measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse

Quick reference to handle and prevent sexual exploitation and abuse.

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PSEA Implementation Quick Reference Handbook

A complete quick reference guide to implementing measures.

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ChildHope toolkits

Child protection toolkits and resources developed by ChildHope and their partners.

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Gender and Development Network resources

Gender reviews, survivor support and sexual harassment.

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Report serious wrongdoing at a charity

Guidance on reporting as a worker or citizen from the Charity Commission.

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Whistleblowing for employees

Help and guidance for any employee working in the UK who have chosen to whisteblow.

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Workplace bullying and harassment

Your rights and guidance for dealing with workplace bullying and harassment.

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Guidance for Employers and Code of Practice

Guidance for employers from Department for Business, Innovations and Skill.

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Safeguarding: a summary for charity trustees

Guidelines for trustees regarding handling safeguarding complaints.

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Facilitating meaningful child participation in safeguarding

Young people can play an important role in safeguarding their communities.

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Why you need to define and apply safeguarding in your own terms

Changing cultures and having the right mechanisms helps with under-reporting.

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6 ways trustees must lead on safeguarding

Board members need to play their part in driving up safeguarding standards.

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Feedback is vital for trust and effective safeguarding

Establishing trust so that individuals and communities feel able to raise concerns.

Minimum standards

Agreeing minimum standards and ensuring we and our partners meet them. We’ve developed policy templates which you can download, edit and use to develop your own policies. These look at safeguarding, the code of conduct, handling reports and complaints, and disclosing organisational malpractice (whistleblowing).

Regulators’ requirements for safeguarding

Find out more about the safeguarding requirements set by the Charity Commission and DFID’s guidance on enhanced due diligence.

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Safeguarding policy templates

This is a suite of core policies that can be used to strengthen your safeguarding framework.

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IASC Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Guidelines from Inter-Agency Standing Committee for safeguarding policy.

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Minimum Operating Standards

For the protection from sexual exploitation and abuse from own personnel.

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The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability

Improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance you provide

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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The full ratified and adopted UN resolution.

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UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The full ratified and adopted UN resolution.

Cultural change

Incentivising cultural change through strong leadership, organisational accountability and better human resource processes. 

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Stepping up to our diversity and inclusion challenge

A look at the challenges international NGOs face in staff diversity and inclusion.

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The power of gender-just organizations

A conceptual framework for transformative capacity building in your organisation.

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The power of gender-just organizations

Conceptual framework toolkit for transformative capacity building in your organisation..

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Top Ten Basics of Feminist Leadership in ActionAid

A look at the positive benefits of embracing feminist leadership

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Safeguarding and Beyond: One Year On

A look at what has improved, and what hasn't a year on from scandal.

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Safeguarding and Beyond

Recommendations and analysis from the GADN's year long study into safeguarding practice.

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Confronting sexual violence and abuse in the aid industrial complex

Gender-based violence and sexual abuse at the centre of the struggle for women’s rights.

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Guidance and resources on gender reviews

Support to survivors of violence, sexual harassment and safeguarding

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Gender at work framework

The Gender at Work Framework highlights the interrelationship between gender and organizational change.

Organisational capacity and capability

Strengthening organisational capacity and capability, including building the capability of implementing partners to meet the minimum standards.

Specialist training providers for safeguarding

Find out what training and consultancy support is available for addressing safeguarding and sexual exploitation and abuse in the development and humanitarian sectors. 

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Good safeguarding practice

This course will equip you to develop a robust approach to safeguarding in your organisation.

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Managing safeguarding investigations

This course equips you to manage investigations into safeguarding concerns.

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Safeguarding governance for boards of trustees

This bespoke workshop equips boards of trustees to meet their responsibilities for safeguarding.

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Safeguarding in successful partnerships

How collective concerns and challenges can start to be overcome.

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Safeguarding Working Group

An online space for members to share ideas, resources and good practice around safeguarding issues.

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Humanitarian Leadership Academy

A range of safeguarding courses, both on and offline from a respected platform.

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CHS Alliance training

A range of safeguarding courses, both on and offline from a respected platform.

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Disaster Ready

A collation of over a thousand courses and resources from global NGOs, including for Safeguarding.

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CDAC Network toolkit

Toolkit and course resources for free and downloadable.

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UN PSEA Online Training

Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse training for the UN

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SIDA safeguarding resources

A collection of safeguarding resources from Scotland's International Development Alliance.

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NCVO Knowhow - Safeguarding Advice Site

Resources, training and advice on safeguarding from NCVO

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NSPCC Safeguarding Children and Child Protection

Resources and guidance for safeguarding children from NSPCC.

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We Rise toolkit

Safeguarding advice for people building movements and campaigns