This webinar has offered participants the opportunity to consider what needs to be in place to make research, and programme monitoring and evaluation safe for both research participants and researchers. It explored the specific needs when the subject of the research is particularly sensitive, in the case of researching Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH). Our panellists have shared their practical experiences in relation to training, risk management, COVID mitigations and share examples of different methodology and tools used.
Chair: Karen Walker-Simpson I Chair - Director, Funder Safeguarding Collaborative
- Philippa Tubb - Designated Safeguarding Lead at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
- Bintu Mansaray - Registrar, Consulting Doctor and Research Fellow – ARISE Sierra Leone
- Alina Potts – Research Scientist, the Global Women’s Institute
- Tala Chammas - Empowered Aid Research Officer with CARE International in Tripoli, Lebanon
Karen Walker-Simpson is the Director of the Funder Safeguarding Collaborative, which promotes collaboration and learning among funding agencies to strengthen safeguarding practices. Karen started her career working with children in care in the UK before moving to Ecuador to run a local NGO providing therapeutic support for street-working children. Karen spent the last eight years as a Safeguarding Specialist for international NGOs working across Africa, Asia, and Latin America before moving to Comic Relief as the organization’s Head of Safeguarding. Karen has just completed doctoral research examining the effectiveness of safeguarding standards when applied in an East African context. As part of her master’s degree, Karen conducted research into the use of physical restraint within the young offenders institutes and the barriers that prevent young people raising concerns. Most recently, Karen conducted a small scale study examining donor approaches to safeguarding to inform the work of the Funder Safeguarding Collaborative.
Bintu Mansaray is a medical doctor, a Pediatrics public health specialist and a social science researcher with interests in child health, child trafficking and all other forms of sexual and gender-based violence research. She lives in Sierra Leone, where she currently works as the Lead Research Consultant at the Institute of Gender and Children’s Health Research, and leads a project exploring the sexual and reproductive health access of survivors of human trafficking. She is also the Sierra Leone Research Fellow and Safeguarding Lead for the ARISE project, a four- country study, researching the health and wellbeing of people living in urban informal settlements. She recently published her second book in a child public health series, Amie and the Safe Keepers Project.
Philippa Tubb is the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), where she is responsible for the strategic leadership of safeguarding strategy across LSTM’s national and international research and education programmes. She is a registered nurse with a clinical background in Tropical Diseases and HIV, and has an MA in Education (Health Education and Health Promotion). As well as carrying out her safeguarding role at LSTM, Phil is also the Managing Director of Well Travelled Clinics, a subsidiary company of LSTM and teaches on LSTM’s Diploma and Masters programmes. She is an experienced healthcare director with diverse national and international career experience of leading, developing and implementing health programmes in a variety of settings, and has worked overseas in emergency humanitarian health and nutrition programmes in South Sudan, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Alina Potts is a Research Scientist with the Global Women’s Institute, where she centers refugee women and girls in participatory action research in humanitarian settings. Previously, Alina coordinated violence prevention research at UNICEF, focusing on intersections between violence against women and children. As a practitioner, she led GBV responses for the International Rescue Committee in a number of humanitarian emergencies over 10 years; and worked in refugee resettlement in the US and Europe. She is actively involved in teaching, mentoring, and capacity-sharing initiatives.
Tala Chammas is a Research Project Officer with CARE International Lebanon where she works with the Lebanon team and the Global Women’s Institute on Empowered Aid, participatory action research (PAR) that recognizes women and girls as contextual safeguarding experts and engages them as co-producers of knowledge. Previously, Tala was an Information Management Intern with UN-OCHA in Geneva working on humanitarian & secondary data reports for COVID-19. She is an avid volunteer in her local community and has previously volunteered in Sri Lanka.