Implementing Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector (FutureLearn)

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Implementing Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector (FutureLearn)
Learn how to implement effective safeguarding measures in different programmatic contexts. Improve the safeguarding standards in your international aid organisation. Safeguarding is vital for protecting the children and vulnerable individuals that international aid organisations work with, as well as their staff and personnel from all forms of harm. This has also been identified as an area that needs strengthening in the international aid sector.

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This free six-week course will help you consolidate your understanding of the causes of harm, abuse, and exploitation and learn how to implement improvements in your organisation’s safeguarding measures in different programmatic contexts.

Ultimately, the course will equip you with the skills and tools you need to effectively prevent, report, respond, and learn from implementing safeguarding in your work.

Understand the risks posed to safeguarding in the international aid sector

On the course, you’ll have the chance to examine the risks to safeguarding people that are commonly found in different areas of international aid work.

You’ll also get to evaluate the prevention mechanisms used to minimise these risks and consider how these processes could be strengthened.

Develop effective safeguarding procedures and learn improvements for reporting and responding to exploitation and abuse

The course covers appropriate responses to disclosures and survivor-centred referrals, complaints and whistleblower mechanisms, safe marketing and accountability.

Access safeguarding training from the experts at The Open University.

This course was co-created by senior academic safeguarding specialists from The Open University and an international human rights and safeguarding expert who has worked with several international aid and humanitarian agencies.

The course material was developed with advice from BOND, CHS Alliance, and the learner community and reviewed by Safeguarding Leads in international agencies.


Syllabus


Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Identification

Week 3: Prevention

Week 4: Report and respond

Week 5: Improving accountability in safeguarding

Week 6: Learning and organisational culture


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

- Mitigate and prevent against safeguarding risks associated with programmatic and organisational practice.

- Adapt existing tools using a safeguarding lens to implement activities that minimise harm to those who have direct and indirect contact with your organisation.

- Respond to challenges of safeguarding concerns using a survivor-centred and ‘do no harm’ approach.

- Support greater accountability and an organisational culture where safeguarding concerns are always reported and responded to appropriately.


Who is the course for?

This course is designed for all staff in development and humanitarian agencies. It will strengthen current individual and organisational knowledge and practice of safeguarding and support the career pathways for those aid workers who are looking to become safeguarding specialists.

This course is intended for those who are aged 18 years and above only.



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