By nature of doing work in the social sector, we are all responsible for ensuring that our programs, services, and staff do not harm the people (and animals!) we’re created to help. In light of many recent news stories about NGOs and harm to staff and those they serve, we’ve taken the opportunity to revisit our own safeguarding policies and procedures, and we invite you to as well.
We hosted a Peer Learning Network call on March 21st, where we heard some great questions and insights from leaders throughout the social sector. We didn’t record the call (in order to keep the conversation confidential), but after the call we’ve compiled some helpful resources:
- What Topics Should A Solid Safeguarding Policy Address?
- CHECKLIST: Essential Safeguarding Steps To Protect Your Community
- Safeguarding: Reflexions Of A Global South Leader Amid #AidToo by Marie-Rose Romain Murphy, Founder of ESPWA, Inc.
In addition, we’ve created a Child Protection Self Audit cycle in GG Rewards. Take this online self-audit from Keeping Children Safe to determine whether your organisation is meeting the standards they’ve set out, and help you identify areas for improvement. You can earn a total of 12 effectiveness points after completing the Child Protection Self Audit cycle.
Thanks to each of our partners that have contributed to these resources, as we are all learning together. GlobalGiving is in the process of revising our own safeguarding policies and procedures, and we’ll share our journey in the coming months. In the meantime, we’ll continue to share resources on this important topic, and invite you to contribute as well.
What else do you need to improve safeguarding at your organization? Would you like to be connected one-on-one to a peer who can talk you through your organization’s challenges? Do you have experience on the topic of Safeguarding and would you like to offer your support to your peers? Let us know! Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you connected.