Author Archives: Project GROW

WHERE ARE WOMEN AND GIRLS AT RISK?

Sometimes in our approach to safeguarding, we think our only responsibility is to protect young women and girls when they are in our care. We also think it’s our responsibility to prepare them to recognise risks and abuses that they may experience – or already be experiencing.  If we want to genuinely empower young women, […]

MAPPING RISK IN YOUR ORGANISATION

An essential element of your own Safeguarding policy is to understand what risks those you work with face.  Consult widely The best way to do this is through consultation with your team, ideally with the project participants. Why? Because neighbourhoods change, and culture is changing quickly too. For example, cyber-bullying is only a problem for […]

NEXT STEPS: BUILDING YOUR OWN POLICY

After you complete the steps in the previous section, you will have achieved a lot. How do you turn all this information into your own policy? Build on other’s policies You cannot copy and paste another organisation’s policy and expect it to work for you. Your policy has to note and adapt to:  The activities […]

SAFEGUARDING, EXTERNAL REPORTING AND SUPPORT FROM AUTHORITIES

One of the greatest safeguarding challenges we faced was what to do when a child or young woman was living in abusive circumstances. In our African countries, there are many barriers to those in these situations accessing safe alternatives including:  Cultural norms that make this a taboo Threats of violence from family members if women […]

PREVENTION: SAFEGUARDING, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

Safeguarding isn’t just about the staff or volunteers who directly work with women, girls or other vulnerable people. Safeguarding is a responsibility for all staff and volunteers in an organisation, and all need to be vetted. For example, we had conversations with women-led organisations, who would tell us that ‘all their staff were women’. Whilst […]

PREVENTION: MAKING SURE YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

When we take on a new staff member or volunteer, we must have a clear process in place for all of them. This is important because we need to have a consistent approach. This begins with having a clear and transparent application process and continues with the way you ensure that they know about safeguarding […]

PREVENTION: STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS AWARE OF SAFEGUARDING

In developing our safeguarding policies and procedures, we saw other aspects of working with our youth workers – staff and volunteers – that needed improving. For example, we saw that NGOs in our countries often had no consistent approach to inducting staff and volunteers, supervising them (especially volunteers) and ensuring that they could share concerns […]

PREVENTION: YOUTH ORGANISATIONS THAT ALLOW YOUTH WORKERS TO SPEAK UP

We can all remember times when we have been concerned about something but have been too scared to say something. As children, we may have been scared of our parents or teachers, and as adults, we may still worry about our superiors’ responses. In our cultures some people may be ‘above reproach’ or seen as […]

PREVENTION: AWARENESS THAT POWER CAN LEAD TO ABUSE

We must be aware that positions of responsibility and power can lead staff and volunteers in our youth organisations to take advantage of their roles. Let’s imagine the case of a woman who begins to volunteer for a project in her community. She might be given the opportunity of distributing goods to those in need […]

PREVENTION: CODE OF CONDUCT

A code of conduct for your youth club’s staff and volunteers – your youth workers – is essential to safeguarding. You should make sure that your code of conduct is in line with local laws, regulations and best practices. However, for interest, we have included one developed by one of the organisations involved in Project […]