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:

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.

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Our experts

  • Alison Dembo Rath
    Alison Dembo Rath leads Options’ health systems work, with a particular focus on South Asia. She 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 nursing in the UK, Alison has particular expertise in delivering quality maternal and newborn health care services. Alison has experience of working across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, managing UKAid-funded maternal health and health sector programmes in India and Nepal.
  • Sarah Hepworth, DHealth
    Sarah Hepworth provides management oversight to Options' programmes. She leads the Programme Team’s strategic planning and programme quality assurance functions. Sarah is a health sector specialist with 15 years’ experience delivering complex, high-profile projects within the corporate and development sectors. She is experienced in providing technical and management support to sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, health policy and planning, and health sector strengthening programmes in South Asia, South-East Asia and Africa with a focus on health financing. She also has expertise in corporate social responsibility and the private sector.

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