The UK Government's flagship safeguarding programme
The UK Government’s flagship safeguarding programme, the Resource and Support Hub (RSH) supports aid organisations around the world to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice against sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH). The programme aims to engage and support local civil society organisations in low and middle income countries.
The online hub offers a range of services to support organisations to make safeguarding improvements. Any individual or organisation working in the aid sector can access the hub to learn, share and improve their approaches to SEAH and safeguarding. It includes:
- A resource library with a huge selection of the most useful guidance, tools and resources on safeguarding.
- An e-learning course developed by RSH called Safeguarding Matters. The course is free and will comprise five interactive modules aimed at non-safeguarding specialists.
- A safeguarding consultants directory of quality assured safeguarding advisors who can support organisations to build capacity in a number of specific areas.
- A Community of Practice, podcasts and webinars for peer-to-peer learning and sharing good practice.
An Arabic Hub was launched in March 2021, which is a version of the Online Hub offering a range of resources in Arabic. The Hub will launch in French and Swahili by the end of 2021.
RSH also has national hubs which offer learning and knowledge resources and support for smaller, local organisations in a number of countries. Each national hub has an online platform which includes contextually relevant resources in local languages as well as offering services like mentoring or advice. National hubs are currently active in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan, with more to follow in the Middle East and South Asia by the end of 2024.
Options leads the consortium, with Social Development Direct as technical and delivery lead and Terre des Hommes, Sightsavers and Translators without Borders as key delivery partners. The programme was launched in December 2019 and will run until the end of 2021, with a potential extension until 2024.