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.

The Open University in partnership with the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has re-launched their collection of online training focused on safeguarding for the international aid sector:

The courses and Training Toolkit are now hosted on OpenLearn Create securing ongoing open access to learners, with free certificate and badge available .

A Training Toolkit is available here for those of you who have studied courses 1 and 2, to help deliver onward training to your teams.

PLEASE NOTE: The themes and content of these courses can inevitably sometimes be disturbing and because of this we recommend that only learners aged 18 and over view this material.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any safeguarding concerns these should be reported through your own organisational mechanisms and not through this site. The 'Report a concern' button at the bottom of each page on each course is for any content or technical issues that you encounter whilst learning on this platform.

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Safeguarding Essentials