Dr Philip Goodwin

International Development Safeguarding

Dr Philip Goodwin

VSO International

Dr Philip Goodwin has been Chief Executive of VSO since March 2015. He was previously CEO of TREEAID, an NGO working on agro-forestry in dryland Africa and spent 11 years with British Council where he held leadership positions in Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan and Belgium. Philip has been a community development volunteer in Timbuktu, Mali. He has a PhD and MSc in environmental policy and a degree in agricultural economics. Philip is Vice Chair of the International Forum for Volunteering in Development. He is also a trustee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, the charity that saves lives at sea. He is coauthor with Tony Page of the leadership book “From Hippos to Gazelles: how leaders create leaders”.

  • 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