What does safeguarding mean and what international standards and guidelines are there for safe programming? What are safeguarding risks and how do organisations mitigate against them together with partners? In this video you will learn the key aspects and standards of safeguarding.


The following assignments will help you to implement the learning from the video:

Assignment 1: Reflection

  • Why does harm such as abuse, exploitation and harassment happen?
  • What organisational measures can be put in place to prevent this?
  • How should organisations respond to safeguarding concerns which are reported?

Assignment 2: Benchmarking checklist exercise (download below)

  • Safeguarding policy
  • Recruitment and Human Resources policy
  • Code of Conduct
  • Reporting framework
  • Complaints/Whistleblowing policy

Assignment 3: Case studies (Case studies and suggested solutions are available for download below)

Supporting materials

Benchmarking Checklist   This checklist is part of Assignment 2 in the video and helps to highlight gaps in organisational policies, procedures, and practice with regards to safeguarding and do no harm.
Case Studies   These case studies are part of Assignment 3 in the video and  provide practical examples of the first steps you can take in your work to promote an environment in which abuse of entrusted power is effectively prevented and appropriate measures can be taken to protect against sexualized violence and exploitation.
Handout Safeguarding EN   Our handbook provides suggestions and practical examples of which measures to protect against sexualized violence have proven successful in NGOs and how these can be implemented.
Handout Safeguarding DE   Unser Handbuch gibt Anregungen und praktische Beispiele, welche Maßnahmen zum Schutz vor sexualisierter Gewalt sich bei NGOs bewährt haben und wie diese umgesetzt werden können.