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Safeguarding Whilst Working Overseas

Many UK based charities work overseas to provide disaster appeals or humanitarian projects and services, including health care and education. Whatever the work, all UK based charities are expected to observe their local legal responsibilities within the UK and also those of the countries where they work.

Trustees need to consider the safeguarding elements of supporting projects, working with partners and employing staff locally. Their charities may also work in high risk areas and assessment of risk for the protection of staff, volunteers and vulnerable beneficiaries also needs to be considered.

There have been several high profile cases of serious offenders working or volunteering with UK based charities abroad. Trustees are held to be legally responsible for their charity’s work, therefore robust adult and child safeguarding arrangements are vital to both protect vulnerable beneficiaries and the charity’s reputation. In some cases, where Trustees have been found to be negligent, public liability insurance cover has been reduced. Trustees have then had to fund subsequent legal claims at great personal cost.

Charity Commission Guidance for Charities Working Abroad

You must:

  •  be aware of different risks for staff, volunteers and beneficiaries who are overseas

  • have suitable reporting and monitoring processes in place for any work overseas

  • monitor where you work for any changes or new safety systems which are needed

Challenges of working overseas include:

  •  different cultures, practices or legal systems
  •  an unstable environment, like a conflict zone
  • working with many partners

 You should apply the same practices as in England and Wales and make sure you comply with any extra requirements of the other country.

Follow The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability for overseas humanitarian work and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Minimum Operating Standards for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse if relevant.

 You must know when:

  • to report issues to law enforcement in the country you are working in
  •  you also need to report to police in the UK You can find resources online to help with working overseas.

 These include:

Only use templates that are appropriate for your charity and where it works


Click the image below to open the Working Overseas Flowchart

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International Child Safeguarding Course for all Staff & Volunteers Working Overseas (available in English and Arabic versions)

Course Overview

This course is a must for all organisations and individuals who work across the globe, especially in countries where safeguarding training is difficult to access. It is especially relevant for international schools and colleges, faith groups, charities and aid relief providers. The course is ideal for anyone who provides services, funding and supplies to; or works directly, or has contact, with children, young people and/or their families. Developed by our in-house team of experts who have provided face to face training across the Middle East and Europe, it aims to promote the best, and universally accepted, possible working practices.

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About SAFE

SAFE is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company focused exclusively on safeguarding. Every penny profit we make is ploughed back into the charitable and community sector so voluntary organisations and charities can benefit from SAFE’s expert services for subsidised prices. We provide a one-stop solution for everything from DBS checks, policy creation and guidance, safeguarding management briefings and incident support, to training (both face to face and online). We have already trained thousands of staff and volunteers providing thousands of hours of CPD (Continuing Professional Development). All SAFE courses meet the training requirements of the latest legislation, government guidance, local Adult & Child Safeguarding Partnerships/Boards (Adult Protection Committees and Local Area Child Protection Committees in Scotland), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted.


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