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Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector: The Open University

Safeguarding is key for all organisations working with and for children, young people and vulnerable adults. The need to strengthen safeguarding policies and practices has been identified as a particular priority in the international aid sector.

These three courses form a Safeguarding Leadership Training Package for Safeguarding Leads throughout the aid sector, at regional, national and local levels and contribute to building a cohort of trained safeguarding professionals and to the professionalisation of safeguarding. The training package moves beyond compliance issues and promotes critical thinking and reflection in safeguarding practice.

These courses aim to raise the standard of knowledge and skills and equip learners for effective practice in any aid organisation, including an increased ability to understand complex safeguarding issues, devise effective policies and procedures and manage challenging implementation issues. The training package also supports the development of more consistent professional standards globally and career progression in safeguarding leadership roles.

These courses have been created by The Open University in partnership with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. They draw on the experience and expertise of practitioners and academics from within the humanitarian sector. Each of these courses has previously been run as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Future Learn platform.

Find out more, and access the courses here.

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