The Dóchas Safeguarding working group facilitated a four-part series of online learning conversations which explored questions such as: ‘What is needed to lead a culture of safeguarding in the Irish humanitarian and development sector?’ and ‘How can we move beyond compliance to implementation?’.
These sessions (which have already taken place) were open to anyone (including non-Dóchas members) in the international non-governmental organisation humanitarian and development sector, based in Ireland or overseas, who have an existing background in safeguarding or are interested in learning more about how their organisations and partners can deliver the highest standards in safeguarding.
Session 1: Integrating Safeguarding throughout the organisation: 11 am - 1 pm, Tuesday 1 November
Margaret Rooney, Trócaire: Importance of good governance: This session will cover topics such as the role of the Board, and senior management with regards to safeguarding; as well as systems for oversight and response to organisational safeguarding requirements.
Mandy Yamanis, GOAL: ‘Why Safeguarding in the Supply Chain?’: This session will begin with an introduction to why safeguarding matters in the supply chain. an overview will also be provided of integrating safeguarding in procedures, GOAL's supplier code of conduct and their learnings on safeguarding in the supply chain.
Sara Barnes, Concern: “Let the right ones in…”: Safe hiring practices are an integral part of safeguarding and the session will discuss some practical measures to consider.
Session 2: Working in Partnership: A local approach to Strengthening Safeguarding Systems: 11 am - 1 pm, Thursday 3 November
Margaret Rooney, Trócaire: Margaret will be joined by colleagues & partners to share Trócaire's learning review paper including experiences from Zimbabwe. They will share their experience on working together to ensure that safeguarding policies and systems work for specific context, programme type and partner structures. Topics that will be covered include:
- Localisation of safeguarding strengthening
- What works well
- Lessons learnt and recommendations for further strengthening.
Session 3: What does Safeguarding Training mean to you and your organisation? 11 am - 12.30 pm, Thursday 10 November
Aileen McNulty, World Vision Ireland; and Chris O'Connell, Comhlámh
This interactive conversation will focus on the issue of training for Safeguarding within the humanitarian, development and international volunteering sectors. The session will seek to prompt discussion, peer learning and the sharing of good practices, with a focus on topics like:
- The importance and effectiveness of training for Safeguarding
- Approaches, modalities and methodologies
- Policy implementation
Session 4: Caring for Survivors: A Principled Approach to Safeguarding: 11 am - 1 pm, Thursday 24 November
Valerie Philpott, Misean Cara: This session will explore key concepts of the survivor centred approach, strengthening organisational culture and reporting and incorporating a survivor centred approach to case management.