Social Development Direct are market leaders in providing safeguarding technical services.
We have experience working with diverse clients, from development finance institutions and private sector companies to UN agencies and NGOs, universities, and government bodies.
We are committed to helping organisations prevent and respond to exploitation, abuse, harassment and all forms of harm.
We are proud that the flagship Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub is part of our portfolio of work.
What is safeguarding?
Uneven power dynamics - like those seen in the development and humanitarian aid sector, and in private sector supply chains – increase the risk of harm and exploitation. The more vulnerable staff and community members are, the more likely they are to be exploited, abused, harassed, or otherwise harmed. When organisations’ safeguarding measures fall short and misconduct occurs, projects, relationships and already made gains can be jeopardised and community tensions can be increased.
Our work in this area
Our dedicated team of global safeguarding professionals ensure that you receive the highest level of technical advice and support. We start our work from wherever your organisation is on their safeguarding journey. We take the time to understand you and your organisation so we can provide support that is contextually relevant, responds to real needs and leads to success in safeguarding. We offer an explicitly intersectional feminist approach to safeguarding – in particular on the intersections of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE), and disability.
We can support you with:
Safeguarding policies, procedures, models and systems
Safeguarding knowledge building, including with tools, guidelines, training, and coaching on safeguarding. Research and learning on what works in different contexts and for different organisations
Incident case handling and investigation advice
Monitoring, evaluation and learning of safeguarding efforts
Safeguarding audits and self-assessment support. Click here to read more about our Safeguarding Framework for Organisations
Our thematic areas include:
Safeguarding against Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (SEAH)
Bullying and (non-sexual) harassment
Safeguarding in humanitarian contexts
Integrating safeguarding into high-risk projects
Case handling and investigations
Safe research, monitoring and evaluation
Developed as part of our work for the Girls' Education Challenge (GEC),this tool provides example questions for monitoring visits with a focus on policy and compliance.
Developed as part of our work for the Girls' Education Challenge (GEC), this tool provides example questions for monitoring visits and example focus group questions. The questions focus on culture, enabling environment and implementation.
Developed for the Girls' Education Challenge (GEC), this tool can be use in education settings, such as schools, based on observation only, and by specialists and non-specialists.
This tool can be used to conduct desk-based monitoring over the phone with staff members of a project.
A service mapping tool which supports organisations to assess the quality of safeguarding services to be able to develop a trusted referral pathway and offer information to survivors regarding any risks to accessing services.
This tool outlines how the GEC assesses risk of GEC projects on an initial and then ongoing basis. The GEC calculates the prioritisation of projects for support using scoring which considers compliance levels to the GEC Minimum Standards, exogenous risk, exposure risk of the project and case handling.