Author Archives: Project GROW

REPORTING SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS

If abuse occurs against a child or vulnerable woman, or there is a risk identified, it can be unclear, in our African contexts, who is best to report to.  Types of reports could include: an internal incident report (for your organisation)  a referral report to social services a referral report to the police a report […]

FILING SAFEGUARDING REPORTS IN AFRICAN CONTEXTS

Reports about abuse or suspected abuse are delicate: they implicate suspected or actual abusers, identify people who have reported them and share information on children and women who may be or are being abused, information which could lead to them being shamed or stigmatised.  We cannot be too careful in considering who is able to […]

YOUR BOARD’S ROLE SAFEGUARDING

In our African youth organisations, our board may be our management (if everyone involved is a volunteer, for example) or they could be external people, responsible for strategy and governance [Learn more here]. Safeguarding as Strategic Safeguarding will not be effective in your organisation if your board is not involved. They need to realise, when […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING

This guide is not safeguarding training but offers an introduction to safeguarding in our African context, through our eyes as African youth workers leading education activities for young women and girls. Safeguarding is complex and requires a professional approach to do well.  Safeguarding well requires understanding children and young people’s behaviour when they have been […]

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SAFEGUARDING POLICY AND A SAFEGUARDING CULTURE?

We all know of people who like policies. They like beautiful, pristine documents locked in cupboards and filed away for safekeeping. If anyone asks, they can produce this policy, but is it actually making a difference? African youth organisations committed to our young women and girls  When we start youth organisations and activities, it isn’t […]

WHAT IS YOUR SAFEGUARDING RESPONSIBILITY AS YOUTH WORKERS AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS

Anna was walking home from the women’s centre where she went to find a safe and quiet place to study when she was mugged by two boys on a boda-boda motorcycle. It was the middle of the afternoon, but this stretch of road was unusually quiet. Anna was 20. She had lived in this area […]

UNDERSTANDING WHERE OUR SAFEGUARDING RESPONSIBILITIES END

Charity leads the youth programmes at her church. Because of her role in doing this, she is invited to lead a session for children in their neighbourhood. Whilst she is there, a child in the session is attacked by another child, and her arm is broken. Another volunteer takes the attacking child outside and physically […]

HELPING YOUNG AFRICANS TO MANAGE THEIR DIGITAL WORLDS

Awino’s best friend, Fatima, explained to her that her phone service provider offered free internet from midnight to 4:00 am. She suddenly went to bed punctually each night having set her alarm for midnight. Her mother heard her rise and assumed she was studying. She soon discovered YouTube and chat rooms. She now had many […]

NEXT STEPS

Our insights have hopefully convinced you that you need to:  Prioritise safeguarding  Develop (or upgrade) your own, locally-appropriate, robust safeguarding policy and procedures  Consider how to develop a real culture of safeguarding, so that all those who work in your organisation, and those your organisation serves, are safe.  We are sure that you still have […]

CONCLUSION

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you are a leader, success is all about growing others. Jack Welch As we contemplate the digital landscape, we as youth workers need to foster and maintain the sense of wonder and adventure that are the touchstones of youth. We must launch out […]