Tackling sexual exploitation in the international aid sector through information sharing

The UK-Aid funded Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub (RSH) is a flagship programme which supports organisations in the aid sector to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH).

The programme hosts a global, publicly available Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub (safeguardingsupporthub.org) which brings together quality-assured evidence, tools and opportunities for learning and research in four languages: English, French, Arabic and Kiswahili.

The Hub programme creates opportunities for meaningful engagement through discussion forums and live events. It also provides country and context-specific interventions including one-to-one support advisory services, provided through National Hubs. These National Hubs are in Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Jordan, Syria and Yemen, with an additional two hub geographies to be launched in South Asia early 2022.  

The primary focus for the Hub are less-resourced civil society organisations (CSOs) in low- and middle-income countries, and those operating in high-risk SEAH environments, with particular emphasis on our eight geographies. Understanding, communicating and responding to the needs of organisations on disability-inclusive safeguarding is an important focus.

However, larger CSOs, donors, private sector organisations, academic institutions, government institutions and UN bodies are also able to access and utilise the Hub to learn, share and improve their approaches to SEAH and safeguarding.

The Hub includes, but not limited to:

  • A resource library with a huge selection of the most useful guidance, tools and resources on safeguarding.
  • A safeguarding journey map which guides users through the relevant materials and services hosted on the Hub.
  • An e-learning course developed by RSH called Safeguarding Matters. The course is free and will comprise four interactive modules aimed at non-safeguarding specialists.
  • A safeguarding consultants directory of quality assured safeguarding advisors who can support organisations to build capacity in specific areas.
  • A Community of Practice and forum, podcasts and webinars for peer-to-peer learning and sharing good practice.
  • A  training and events calendar and material repository for upcoming and historic safeguarding events, trainings, workshops occurring across the Hub and the sector.
  • A tip sheet for working with people with disabilities whilst organisations embark on the safeguarding journey.

The programme’s national hubs provide context-specific learning and knowledge resources and offer services such as mentoring or advice in order to support smaller, local organisations. Each National Hub has an online platform (Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan with Jordan, Syria, and Yemen to come) which include setting specific relevant resources in local languages and contact points. An additional two Hubs will be introduced in South Asia in 2022, bringing the total to eight National Hubs.

Options leads the consortium and is the contractual and quality assurance lead for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The consortium includes Social Development Direct as technical and delivery lead Terre des Hommes, Sightsavers and Translators without Borders as key delivery partners. A new partner will be introduced in early 2022 following the departure of GCPS at the end of Phase 1 of the project.

The programme was launched in December 2019 and will run until the end of 2024.

Our experts

  • Alison Dembo Rath
    Alison has over 20 years’ experience in design, management, monitoring and evaluation of health systems development programmes at policy and implementation levels. Building on her early career in UK nursing, Alison has particular expertise in delivering quality maternal and newborn health services. Alison has experience across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, managing UK Aid-funded maternal health and health sector programmes in India and Nepal.
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