The Safeguarding Diagnostic is a platform-based digital tool developed to help leaders of organizations working in the international development sector to feel confident that they have robust systems, processes and resources in place to safeguard against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment: in the workplace, in their programs and in their partnerships.
The Diagnostic provides a comprehensive overview and insight into the safeguarding strengths and weaknesses of an organization. Through a one-day journey of critical self-reflection and learning, our expert team will work with senior leadership teams to identify where safeguarding policies, protocols, systems, structures and skills would benefit from strengthening to reduce organizational risk.
Drawing on global best practice and our expert understanding of institutional safeguarding across the sector, the team of safeguarding and gender specialists at GenderTech Enterprises have built the diagnostic around seven dimensions of good safeguarding practice.
Read the global safeguarding standards which outline the need for the diagnostic.
The Safeguarding Diagnostic is a tool specifically designed to quickly help boards and senior executives:
- Understand their duties in relation to safeguarding and international standards.
- Understand safeguarding terminology and unpack safeguarding standards.
- Understand their organizational exposure and risk.
- Achieve consensus and prioritize actions that enable their organizations to achieve compliance -or become industry leaders if that is their goal.
The seven dimensions of good safeguarding practice which will be explored through the workshop:
- Safeguarding Framework.
- Whistleblowing and Case Management.
- Human Resources.
- Risk Management.
- Governance and Accountability.
- Organizational Culture.
Using an expertly designed scoring system, the safeguarding diagnostic creates a visual overview of an organization’s safeguarding performance to quickly identify and understand vulnerabilities and risks. The digital software auto-generates a workplan that identifies priorities against the seven drivers based on the workshop assessment. Using this as a starting point, we will develop a roadmap to help leaders prioritize and drive action.
Model A of the Safeguarding Diagnostic package includes:
- Pre-workshop assessment and analysis.
- One day workshop facilitated by a two person expert team.
- Ownership of the organization’s data produced by the diagnostic.
- Visual tools that convey findings clearly and simply.
- A clear roadmap to support organizational safeguarding strengthening.
- Ongoing and confidential access to SDDirect safeguarding expertise if needed (at additional cost).
Model B of the Safeguarding Diagnostic package includes:
- One day workshop with Senior Management team or Board as above.
- Training of trainer/s by our expert team.
- Shadowing of trained team in their initial workshop.
- Quality assurance checks on subsequent diagnostic workshops run by the organization through client feedback (platform based or through Humentum).
- Platform based monitoring of assessments to track trends and follow up on anomalies.
- Helpline support.
- Use of digital platform (for the duration of the membership).
- Additional support can be bolted on and tailored to needs of individual clients, either before or after delivery of the Safeguarding Diagnostic.
The question of confidentiality has been given significant thought in the design of the safeguarding diagnostic. We guarantee complete confidentiality which will be formalized through a standard non-disclosure agreement if requested.
The Safeguarding Diagnostic is also available for licensing for larger organizations wanting to improve their management of risk across divisions, offices, programs and downstream partners.