Scotland's Global Role
Scotland’s role in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
Why Safeguarding? Why Now?
Safeguarding promotes the safety and welfare of people involved in the delivery or receipt of humanitarian aid and development assistance, protecting them from harm, including all forms of exploitation, abuse and harassment.
Safeguarding progress and actions in Scotland
Firstly, a survey and series of interviews were conducted to establish both a baseline of current policies in place, and what support the sector felt it needed in the development and implementation of policies.
Secondly, the findings from this research helped to guide and inform the development of this “Safer for All” Safeguarding Support Package. This is a package of resources to support organisations to strengthen their safeguarding policies, procedures and practice.
- Mitigation of the risk of safeguarding incidents – through clear, owned and understood safeguarding and connected policies, rigorous vetting and recruitment procedures, detailed risk assessments and ongoing training and orientations for all representatives of an organisation.
- Clear and robust reporting procedures, which are fully understood by all representatives of an organisation.
- Investigation processes which are clear, fair, thorough and clearly laid out.
This will support the development of a culture where safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do, and where all of those with whom we work, as well as those working in international development, are empowered to speak up and raise concerns challenge unhealthy safeguarding attitudes and practice. To develop a healthy safeguarding will take time and involve changing social attitudes, and mind sets across all contexts as well as each one of us taking responsibility and committing to nurturing healthy safeguarding practice across all of our actions.
Safeguarding & Whistleblowing Example Policies
A range of example safeguarding and whistleblowing policies for organisations to read, review and adapt to individual contexts.
Safeguarding Research Summary
This report provides the analysis of a small research project conducted by the Scottish Government and Scotland’s International Development Alliance with stakeholders in the international development sector.
Developing a Safeguarding Policy
This is a tool to help organisations develop their own safeguarding policies.
SCVO's Good Governance Checkup
SCVO have created a Good Governance Checkup document to be used in conjunction with the Scotland Governance Code for the third sector to help trustees regularly review their governance.
TrustLaw's legal health check for NGOs and social enterprises
The Thomson Reuters Foundation has developed a Legal Health Check to assist NGOS and social enterprises identify some of their operational legal needs.
Members Guide to Accessing TrustLaw
We have partnered with TrustLaw to facilitate free legal assistance for social enterprises and NGOs that we support. TrustLaw is a global programme of Thomson Reuters Foundation that connects the world's leading legal teams to provide free legal assistance to organisations working for social and environmental change. This guide explains how Alliance members can access this service.
Good Governance Support Package
This guide aims to improve your understanding and help you strengthen the governance structures of your organisation. It covers the basics of setting up and governing a Scottish charity, finance, people and broader organisational responsibilities which trustees are responsible for, including safeguarding and risk mitigation. The guide was produced in collaboration with SCVO.
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Tools, templates and examples of various safeguarding resources and policies.
Different organisations' definitions of safeguarding.
A definition of due diligence and examples of the due diligence process.
Examples of safeguarding policies from different large, medium and small organisations.
Sample codes of conduct, whilstleblowing and bullying & harassment policies
Reporting & Investigation
An example of a reporting and case management form.
Legislative policies relating to the wider safeguarding context in Scotland and the UK.
Meet the Safer for All Package
Ministerial foreward to the Safer for All package.
Scotland's Global Role
The Scottish Government's international development policy and how it relates to safeguarding.
The wider UK safeguarding context and key government summits.