Welcome to The South2South Network: a network of consultants providing safeguarding consultancy services to organisations working with children, young people, and vulnerable adults in Africa and Asia. We have long championed the need for child protection and safeguarding systems that make sense for the people implementing them, and the children benefitting from them. We help organisation to develop, strengthen and implement safeguarding measures. Our consultancy work over recent years has further cemented in our minds that the best people to support those implementing programmes for the most marginalised children and adults are those with their own experience of working with children and adults in those settings. That’s why we are ‘South2South’ - providing highly contextualised safeguarding consultancy services to an international standard.
A peer-to-peer model of consultancy
Our members organisations are located in Asia and Africa and largely focus on children who are at the extreme end of marginalisation and who are ignored by many other organisations. Together, we have developed ways to work effectively with the children who are most vulnerable as well as adults. For many years, we’ve said that organisations need to have their own, contextually relevant child protection/ safeguarding/ PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) policies and build, strengthen and embed these policies, review them regularly and to give appropriate training to staff members in order to implement them. Our members have taken this approach and are in a strong position, with the skills and capabilities, to train peer organisations in our own countries and regions.
We are able to provide tailored support to other organisations that comes from an understanding of what it’s really like to try to implement good child protection, safeguarding and PSEA practice in our countries. This can only be a good thing for the children and adults that we are all working to support. Being part of the South2South Network is part of our organisational missions to drive commitment to safeguarding, child protection and PSEA so we aim for our services to be good value for money as well as highly contextualised and practical.
The South2South Network is already having an impact. 137 organisations commissioned training for 434 staff and board members in six different countries. Almost 65,000 children were reached. Our consultants have supported organisations based in the north favouring safeguarding, child protection and PSEA training that is truly practical and relevant for working with their partners and networks on the ground. Our network supports continuous learning, peer-to-peer training, and community of practice to ever strengthen our service provision.
The South2South Network was originally established by ChildHope UK in 2018 with generous support from Comic Relief. ChildHope UK has since closed but the South2South Network is now independent and fully locally led, and has recently expanded, more than doubling its membership.
If you are looking for a different way to develop your safeguarding, child protection and PSEA policy and practice, then we would welcome the chance to speak with you.
Michael Reuben Ntibikema, PhD.
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Elimu Mwangaza,Tanzania
Leader, South2South Network