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Dr Gabrielle Daoust, University of Sussex Research Fellow and Co-Author, Safeguarding in International Development Research: Evidence Review (CONFIRMED)

  • Why DFID remains focused on sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment, and what approach is being taken to help drive up standards
  • Who we are working with in, and beyond, the voluntary sector
  • Progress made in the past year
  • Challenges and opportunities for the year ahead

Peter Taylor, Head of the Safeguarding Unit, Department for International Development (DfID) (CONFIRMED)

  • Summarising the 2018 Our Commitment to Change in Safeguarding guidance – highlighting what safeguarding is, who it applies to, and the role of NGOs in effectively developing and implementing safeguarding policies and practices
  • Sharing best practice that has arisen from Bond’s four cross-sector working groups related to safeguarding, including: Accountability, Organisational Culture, Employment Cycle, Reports and Complaints Mechanisms
  • Promoting the range of safeguarding policy templates that Bond have developed for organisations to adapt, including around organisational malpractice through whistleblowing
  • Offering specialised training and consultancy support for organisations of all sizes working in development and humanitarian aid, to prevent and address safeguarding and sexual exploitation

Stephanie Draper, Chief Executive, Bond (CONFIRMED)
Senior Representative, UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the range of programmes that SDD have helped to build safeguarding capacity around, working effectively with grassroots CSOs, including how these capacity building methods are designed, measured and evaluated
  • Understanding how SDD’s role as the Gender Equity and Social Inclusion lead on DfID’s Girls’ Education Challenge has led to the development of a globally-recognised best practice child safeguarding system
  • Highlighting the main features of the safeguarding approach which can be mainstreamed across all teams within a fund manager, including increasing accountability for partners and fund recipients
  • Sharing lessons from conducting child safeguarding assessments of almost 200 organisations, and using self-audits to assess compliance across organisations
  • Utilising Ofsted’s approach for assessing schools in the UK to create a new practical monitoring tool to evaluate the implementation of the GEC’s child safeguarding system, and how this can be adapted for other projects

Danielle Cornish-Spencer, Senior Technical Specialist - Safeguarding, Social Development Direct (SDD), and Safeguarding Lead, Girls Education Challenge (GEC) (CONFIRMED)

  • Understanding the difficulties around identifying issues of safeguarding in conflict zones, and why incidents are less likely to be reported
  • Discussing the nuances around definitions of abuse under different rules of law, and how to respond to incidents that do arise in contexts where the rule of law has broken down within a fragile society
  • Highlighting the responsibility of organisations to ensure peacekeeping personnel and staff in humanitarian organisations working in conflict zones and fragile states are working in line with the International Child Safeguarding Standards
  • Working in partnership with the University of Reading to implement evidence-based interventions for safeguarding through peacekeeping missions
  • Sharing practical resources and guidance to support organisations’ safeguarding efforts in conflict zones, including on how to manage allegations, facilitating regular staff workshops and reviewing the effectiveness of current policies

Sarah Blakemore, Director, Keeping Children Safe (CONFIRMED)

  • Setting out the supervisory and monitoring role of the Commission and its approach in its updated safeguarding strategy towards charities working internationally
  • Outlining the key duties and responsibilities of charities and their trustees on safeguarding staff, volunteers and beneficiaries in countries outside of the UK
  • Sharing lessons for charities working internationally from the safeguarding incidents reported to the Commission
  • Providing an overview of the suite of measures adopted by the Charity Commission following allegations of misconduct and safeguarding failures across the voluntary sector and how this will impact charities working internationally
  • Highlighting how the Commission assesses risk before intervening when safeguarding concerns arise in countries outside of the UK

Catherine Edginton, Safeguarding Lead, Charity Commission (CONFIRMED)

  • Creating the Safeguarding Leads Network, established by private DfID suppliers to share best practice and progress towards meeting the UK Private Sector Commitments to DFID Safeguarding Strategic Shifts, including around information sharing
  • Understanding how the Network has expanded beyond safeguarding experts to include working groups for senior business leaders to better understand these issues and their role in ensuring organisational change and compliance through robust reporting mechanisms
  • Highlighting the importance of effectively training staff in the initial response and reporting process, so that IMC staff can discuss issues that arise in the field with DfID in advance, to better support survivors
  • Sharing improvements made within IMC’s approach to safeguarding including through appointing a four-person safeguarding team that have established a safeguarding framework for the organisations and strengthened recruitment, referencing, interview, due diligence, reporting and communications processes

Kathryn Hancock, Principal Consultant, IMC Worldwide (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining what a survivor-centred approach is and exactly how this allows the wishes of the survivor to guide the organisation’s response
  • Creating a safeguarding policy that ensures a common set of standards are upheld, particularly through a robust reporting process, without promoting a ‘one size fits all’ approach
  • Exploring the range of support that can be offered through this approach, including legal, medical or counselling, and how to train staff to facilitate and deliver this without imposing their own opinions on the survivor
  • Ensuring that this people-centred approach is at the core of the organisational culture, and that it filters through projects to ensure the same approach is being taken by all staff, volunteers and partner organisations on the ground

Dr Philip Goodwin, CEO, VSO International (CONFIRMED)

  • Considering cases, trends and statistics from our Charity Commission-supported advice line for whistleblowers
  • Overcoming difficult issues and barriers for staff who want to speak up
  • How good whistleblowing arrangements can help repair trust
  • An overview of best practice for effective speak up arrangements

Francesca West, Chief Executive, Protect (CONFIRMED)

  • Sharing updates on the work Oxfam has been doing to tackle and address safeguarding issues and incidents in the past two years
  • Outlining Oxfam’s 10-Point Action Plan to strengthen safeguarding policies and practices, based on three key principles: transparency, transformational culture change, and women’s rights
  • Understanding how a Confederation-wide culture change is being driven, including to permeate every project and programme Oxfam are involved in implementing or overseeing
  • Discussing lessons learned from the 294 safeguarding reports received up to May 2019, and the subsequent 79 disciplinary cases, including how these lessons have influenced new reporting structures

Clifford Isabelle, Global Safeguarding Director, Oxfam (CONFIRMED)

*Programme subject to change

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