All organisations have a duty of care to ensure that no harm comes to the people who come into contact with their work. The South2South Network provides a range of protection and safeguarding consultancy, training, and capacity-building services to support organisations worldwide to identify the risks that programmes and operations are exposed to. Services we offer include:
Organisational safeguarding audit
Together with organisations, we review systems and processes and undertake contextual analysis and risk assessments of new work areas and locations to determine whether current safeguarding measures are effective. We review HR, child protection and safeguarding policies and ensure they are assessed through the lens of international best practice. We take into consideration the nature of your work, the regional context and a country’s official child protection systems.
Safeguarding policy and procedures
We develop safeguarding strategies, policies and guidelines that are tailored to your specific area of work and are relevant to the local cultural and social context. Areas of focus include child safeguarding in a digital age, in emergencies and the ethical use of a child’s data in research and data collection activities. Our policy recommendations are based on our collective experience of delivering programmes and consider gender and disability inclusion. We also establish monitoring and evaluation guidelines to ensure that the policies stay fit for purpose.
Training, coaching and mentoring
We help to embed policies and practice by delivering child safeguarding training, direct to your teams or through a train-the-trainer model. Our training can be adapted to boards, senior management teams or those working direct with communities. The training blends practical experience of the local context with knowledge of international safeguarding standards. We can provide ongoing advice and guidance as organisations and businesses implement their safeguarding practices.
Children’s participation in safe programming
Experience has shown us that when we put children at the centre of the planning processes and enable them to have a meaningful role in creating the programmes that affect their lives, the results are stronger. We help organisations to work out how children can participate in developing, implementing and monitoring protection and safeguarding policies and practice.
Strengthening ethical business policies
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) set out a business’s responsibility for upholding human rights. The Children’s Rights and Business Principles provide practical guidance for businesses on supporting children’s rights. We can support the private sector to translate these guidelines into practical, accessible business policies to ensure that their business is doing no harm.