Best Practice

Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding

Safeguarding is key for all organisations working with and for children, young people and vulnerable adults and has been identified as an area that needs strengthening and an improvement of practices across a number of sectors, including international development.

Delivered by Lucy Monari and Rachel Ryan, this dynamic course will provide learners with an understanding of the causes of harm, abuse and exploitation and how to strengthen organisational approaches to safeguarding.

The course content includes:

- Introduction to Safeguarding
- Child Protection, Categories of Child Abuse, Recognising abuse, Vulnerable adults
- Standards in Safeguarding
- Child Safeguarding within your organisation and/or institution standards
- Requirements and how to conduct a Self-audit
- Introduction to Disability-inclusive Safeguarding: What does it mean, Who is it for, How to take first steps -
- Introduction to PSEAH (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment):
What does it mean, History and background, How it intersects with Safeguarding, How to take first steps

This course is divided into five sections. Each section contains at least two recorded sessions which are between 30-40 minutes long. The total amount of time required to complete this course is 6-10 hours depending on your level of engagement with the material.

Please watch the introduction video below. This video will show you in a step by step guide on how best to navigate your course. It also provides you with information on how best to take part in discussion forums and how to contact our helpdesk. Email:

  • Section 1
  • Introduction to Safeguarding
  • Section 2
  • Standards in Safeguarding
  • Basic Standards in Child Safeguarding
  • Discussion Forum: Basic Standards of Child Safeguarding
  • Section 3
  • Standards in Safeguarding - Part 2
  • Section 4
  • Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH)
  • Section 7
  • Disability Inclusive Safeguarding
  • Additional Resources
  • Inter Agency Standing Committee - Minimum Operating Standards PSEAH
  • IASC; six core principles relating to sexual exploitation & abuse
  • Core Humanitarian Standards Alliance PSEAH Index
  • Core Humanitarian Standards Alliance-PSEAH Interactive Handbook
  • Final Section
  • Evaluation Survey
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever