Organisational Safeguarding Best Practices and Procedures

We are delighted to share with you the “Organisational Safeguarding Best Practices and Procedures: A Toolkit Towards Transnational Intersectional Feminist Accountability Frameworks to Respond to Exploitation, Assault, Abuse, Harassment, and Bullying”. Produced in partnership with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, this toolkit was developed following an assessment of the practical and technical needs of WILPF’s partner organisations in Syria with regards to safeguarding systems. Many partners identified an increase in rates of harassment and bullying, both within their organisations and in the field, and pointed to a need for a safeguarding document that would help them address and respond to these cases. Accordingly, CTDC conducted comprehensive field research, conversations, and consultations, and held a number of training workshops on accountability and safeguarding, out of which this Safeguarding Toolkit was developed. The toolkit aims to provide a resource for organisations that want to develop frameworks for the protection of their staff and stakeholders from exploitation, assault, harassment, bullying, and other abusive practices that include sexual, physical, verbal, and implicit abuse and discrimination. It incorporates tools that are designed to meet a pressing need for an Arabic-language resource that approaches organisational safeguarding systems from a feminist perspective accounting for the intersectionality and differences of experiences. Through this toolkit, we aim to shed light on the tools, practices, procedures, relationalities, and emotions involved in responding to violations resulting in harm that can occur in organisational contexts. We also shed light on how to address such occurrences. As we believe that individuals are change-makers and that the personal is political, many of the topics discussed apply to intimate and daily feminist practices. We hope this toolkit will serve all needs your organisation might have regarding safeguarding. Do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any feedback, comments or questions. The Toolkit is available in English and in Arabic.