Safeguarding Basics and Training

Training and Safeguarding Basics

It is essential to have an understanding of safeguarding basics - what safeguarding means, and how this works in organisations. The following resources are useful for all people acting on behalf of your organisation to ensure that you all have a shared understanding and are clear about expectations.

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The following short videos (mostly between 2-5 mins long) may be useful to introduce the notion of safeguarding to your team, to start discussions or training sessions. Check first to ensure which are relevant to your own needs.



Ongoing training and awareness raising on safeguarding is essential across all levels in your organisation. This is a foundation to creating a safe organisation. 

The following training providers offer a range of face-to-face and online training, ranging from webinars to self-paced courses, from beginners to experts. We’ve selected some of our top recommendations for you. For tailored training go to Safeguarding Specialists 

Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s global online platform, Kaya:

  • Safeguarding Essentials: an interactive online course aimed at anyone working in the humanitarian and development sectors. Up to 2.5 hrs, at your own pace. This course is free and a certificate is provided for completion of the coursework and a short assessment. This is a good course to either recommend or require that all staff, trustees and those acting on behalf of the organisation complete. Available in several languages.
  • Safeguarding: a short (one hour) online course created by Save the Children UK and World Vision  which is designed to improve your safeguarding knowledge, and help to prevent harm coming to those we seek to serve. Available in English and Arabic.
  • Safeguarding VR - this is an innovative training experience which uses virtual reality (VR) and is accessible on mobile phones and VR devices. It was developed by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy in collaboration with BODYSWAPS®, an immersive learning platform, alongside leading safeguarding professionals/experts from across the sector. The VR experience takes about 20 minutes to complete and is free.

Safeguarding Resources & Support Hub:

  • RSH E-Learning: Safeguarding Matters: a series of five scenario-focussed training modules aimed at non-safeguarding specialists in civil society organisations. 30 minutes per module, available in several languages. Free.

Open University on FutureLearn online learning platform:


  • Good Safeguarding Practice: online live sessions with tasks between sessions, for those wanting to develop a strong organisational approach to safeguarding. 15 hrs total over 1 week.
  • Managing Safeguarding Investigations: for those with responsibility for managing safeguarding investigations (not investigators). Online live sessions and some work in between, 15 hrs total over 1 week.

Keeping Children Safe (KCS):

  • KCS offer a wide range of child safeguarding specific online courses & events aimed at the international community, to suit a range of time zones. Some free & open to all, others for members only/paid.


  • Course Materials for Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: This was developed by Interaction to provide NGOs with simple to use training modules which focus on PSEA basics, Reporting Systems, and Community Based Complaints, and can be adaptable to different locations and audiences (i.e. use with staff, senior management, community members). Includes full session plans, handouts & facilitators guide.

Scotland’s International Development Alliance: with our approach aimed particularly for Scottish and small-medium organisations, training topics have included:

  • Safeguarding for Trustees
  • Developing & Reviewing Safeguarding Policies
  • Training for Safeguarding Leads/ Focal Points
  • Leadership and Safeguarding Culture 
  • Introduction to Managing Safeguarding Investigations

Safeguarding in Context

Read about the background and wider context of safeguarding in international development


Understanding Safeguarding

Scottish Context

UK & Wider Context 

Safeguarding in Practice

Access practical tools, resources and training to help you in your own organisation


Training and Safeguarding Basics

*  Safeguarding Leads/Focal Points

Policies & Procedures

Safer Programming

Survivor-centred Approach

Awareness Raising

Safer Recruitment


Leadership & Culture


Tailored Support & Networks

Find safeguarding experts and connect with others working in the sector

Safeguarding Specialists

The Alliance’s Safeguarding Working Group

Networks & Collaboratives


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