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Type of provider
Individual Consultant
List of services offered
Organisational culture
Policy development
Safe programming
Standards, audits and reviews
Systems and procedures for safeguarding implementation
Type of client
Community-based organisations
International Non-Governmental Organisations
Non-Governmental Organisations
Private sector organisations delivering aid and development
Research and academic institutions
Sports organisations
United Nations
Safeguarding expertise
Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment; PSEAH
Child safeguarding
Programmatic / thematic area(s)
Gender based violence/ Violence against women and girls
Social Protection
Context in which services are delivered
Geographical coverage
Languages spoken

Maria has 16 years of safeguarding experience, focusing on child protection and child safeguarding.

At the British Council Maria was responsible for the implementation of the Child Safeguarding Policy in the Americas and Europe, working with up to 55 countries to support awareness raising, training and the local adaptation and compliance with the corporate procedures to prevent abuse in the organization. She led on the design and roll out of a global risk assessment online system that helps the organisation to understand the safeguarding risks, manage and mitigate them. She managed up to 250 abuse cases and incidents involving staff, third parties or children at risk in accordance with standard procedures and policies and conducted investigations when required. She contributed to the review and update of the Safeguarding Policies along the years and supported the preparations work of British Council response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, (IICSA) in the UK.  

Since June 2020 she develops consultancy work through which she applies her experience to support third sector organizations to create and implement safeguarding policies. This work includes the design, implementation and evaluation of organizational safeguarding policies, including advice and support to develop different organizational resources, protocols, internal systems, tools and materials on different safeguarding aspects as well as training third parties on safeguarding topics.

Maria works in Spanish and English

Maria Purificación Vérgez Muñoz
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