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Introduction to Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector


42 days
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Introduction to Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector at FutureLearn will help those working in NGOs and development and humanitarian agencies to better understand the causes of harm, abuse, and exploitation.

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A strong safeguarding policy is key for all international aid organisations and their staff working with and for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

On Introduction to Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector at FutureLearn , you’ll learn about the different forms of harm, abuse and exploitation that may be suffered by those coming into contact with your organisation.

Key facts:

You’ll develop your understanding of the associated indicators of these issues, and identify the safeguarding risks for those you work or come into contact with.Implement an effective safeguarding framework in your organisationUsing evidence-based safeguarding standards, you’ll learn how to put effective systems and structures in place to reduce the safeguarding risks associated with your work.

Programme Structure


  • Definitions and reasons for harm, abuse and exploitation – reasons for abuse, types and indicators of harm, power and privilege
  • Safeguarding cycle – identification, prevention, reporting, response, learning.
  • Prevention of all forms of harm, including sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH), risk assessments, safer recruitment, codes of conduct, use of personal data, and images of children and vulnerable people.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 42 days
    • 3 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This course is designed for all staff in development and humanitarian agencies working in global development, most likely in international and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
  • If you work in such an organisation in human resources, protection, compliance, or monitoring and evaluation, this course will support you in taking on the role of Safeguarding Lead or Officer for your organisation.


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