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Following a participatory preparation approach, the Open University have just launched a new online training on safeguarding policies and procedures in the aid sector.

This course will help those working in NGOs and development and humanitarian agencies to better understand the causes of harm, abuse, and exploitation. The course will help addressing power and assuming responsibility to help change organisational approaches to safeguarding.

On the course journey, one:

  • Will learn about the different forms of harm, abuse and exploitation that may be suffered by those encountering one organisation
  • Will understand how safeguarding policy is key for all international aid organisations and their staff working with and for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
  • Will understand and be able to develop associated indicators of these issues and identify the safeguarding risks for those organisations work or come into contact with.
  • Will learn how to put effective systems and structures in place to reduce the safeguarding risks associated with your work, and
  • Will be able to design preventative, reporting and response mechanisms for handling safeguarding issues.

This course is created by The Open University (with advisors from BOND and the CHS Alliance) and led by a world-leading safeguarding trainer who has worked with many of the world’s leading international aid and humanitarian agencies.

This course can be taken on the platform for free. Participants can learn at their own pace, knowing that the full course would require about 3 hours a week over up to 6 weeks.

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Safeguarding Essentials