The Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub (RSH) is a programme that aims to support organisations in the aid sector to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH). RSH supports organisations working in both the humanitarian and development sectors but is driven by the needs of smaller national or local organisations in developing countries.
RSH has an Online Hub website available in English, Arabic, French and Swahili and is free for anyone working in the aid sector to use. It includes:
- A resource library with a huge selection of guidance and tools on safeguarding
- A free e-learning course with 5 interactive modules aimed at non-safeguarding specialists and available in many languages
- A safeguarding consultants directory of quality-assured safeguarding advisors who can support organisations to build capacity in a number of areas
- A series of multilingual webinars and podcasts for peer-to-peer learning and sharing of good practice.
RSH also works directly with organisations in 8 National Hubs across 3 regions - Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan (Africa); Jordan, Syria and Yemen (Middle East and North Africa), Pakistan and Bangladesh (South Asia). The RSH model has also been replicated in Eastern Europe in light of the Ukrainian refugee crisis. Our approach is simple:
- Less-resourced CSOs are the primary audience although partnerships and collaboration with a wider range of stakeholders are central
- Strategic priorities are based on evidence from a Country Assessment and validated by a National Expert Board and ongoing user feedback
- Support services are tailored, contextualised, translated and blended
- Activities include: a national Online Hub website with contextually relevant resources in local languages, regional research, a 6-month mentorship scheme, free Ask an expert service, and local Communities of Practice
RSH is delivered in consortium with Options, Social Development Direct, International Council of Voluntary Agencies, Terre des hommes, Clear Global and Sightsavers. It is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) until 2024.