09.10.2023 - 11.10.2023, Berlin

Developing a survivor-centered and trauma informed approach to safeguarding


9.-11. October 2023


Berlin Global Village

Many German INGOs have over recent years included safeguarding on their agendas, looking at implementing preventive, detection, and response measures. An essential element of how to respond well is to ensure that organisations take a trauma-informed, survivor-centred approach. Referrals to trauma-informed services can bring hope, empowerment and support that reduces re-traumatisation.



In this interactive workshop, we would be exploring the background into safeguarding in the international development sector, the indicators of harm, the challenges of disclosure and how to manage disclosures, building an organisational culture that is survivor-centred in its approach to keeping people safe. We will use mixed methodologies to highlight good practice through peer learning. 


Target group

This workshop is aimed at employees of INGOs working in the development sector, who have responsibility for safeguarding, e.g. safeguarding leads or focal points, programme advisors and managers, HR managers or designated safeguarding officers.



The seminar consists of three face-to-face training days. The sessions will be in English.


First Training day: Monday, 9 October 2023, 12:00 -5:00 pm, CEST

Second Training day: Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 9:00 am -5:00 pm, CEST

Third Training day: Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 9:00 am -5:00 pm, CEST



Berlin Global Village

Am Sudhaus 2
12053 Berlin



Aneeta Williams is a human rights lawyer, an international development and humanitarian practitioner based in the UK with a passion to prevent, respond and support access to justice for vulnerable and young victims and witnesses of abuse, violence and exploitation. She has extensive international experience working with the UN, INGOs, NGOs and private sector organisations over 20 years.

Claudia Zehl  has over 13 years of worldwide experience in programme and team management in humanitarian response and international development. She works as Safeguarding and PSEAH Advisor for Johanniter International Assistance



Participation at this workshop is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs must be organised and paid for by participants themselves. The training is limited in number of participants. Your registration is binding.



Please register by 20 September 2023.

Please note that your registration is not a confirmation of participation. You will receive feedback about your admission to the course one to two weeks after your registration.


Please contact Almut Huss for further questions (a.huss@venro.org).