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Online hub launched to support charities’ safeguarding

June 2020
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Sightsavers has supported the launch of a new digital platform for aid sector organisations to access safeguarding resources and advice.

The Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub (RSH) launched with the aim of supporting organisations in the aid sector to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development, the programme brings together a consortium of international partners which will develop the online hub for organisations around the world.

Sightsavers is a key partner that will help to roll out the programme globally, focusing on smaller charities and organisations based in developing countries.

The hub signposts users towards high-quality, accessible safeguarding materials including guidance, tools and research aimed at developing and improving existing practices. The open-access platform also creates opportunities for learning and ideas exchange through discussion forums and webinars.

The first national hub has been piloted in Ethiopia with country-specific resources in local languages, plus a free phone call service offering personalised advice for organisations. The aim is to roll out other national hubs across Africa, Asia and parts of the Middle East to provide tailored services for smaller, local organisations. These smaller organisations in low- to middle-income countries will be a priority for the project as they often have limited access to relevant safeguarding resources and advice.

Any organisation working in the aid sector is encouraged to access the online hub to share, learn and improve their approaches to safeguarding and become part of a community of best practice. You can also sign up to the newsletter to stay up to date with the hub’s activities.

Explore the hub here.

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