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International safeguarding standards aim ensure that NGOs ‘do no harm’ but there is still very little empirical evidence to support their effectiveness.
This seminar shares the findings of doctoral research examining the role of international safeguarding standards and donor requirements in improving the reporting of and response to child abuse by NGOs in Tanzania. While acknowledging the value of some of the safeguarding measures, this research highlights the importance of local knowledge, inter-personal relationships and the provision of financial resources to ensure an effective response to abuse.
Speaker: Karen Walker-Simpson
Karen Walker-Simpson is Director of the Funder Safeguarding Collaborative (FSC), which promotes collaboration and learning among funding agencies to strengthen safeguarding practices globally. The work of FSC builds on doctoral research into the role safeguarding standards and donor requirement in keeping children safe. Prior to launching the FSC, Karen spent 3 years at Comic Relief as their Head of Safeguarding and has also worked as a Safeguarding Specialist for international NGOs supporting their partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
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