Funder Safeguarding Collaborative

Issue:
Grant-making practices
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Social welfare
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Location:
International
Type:
Existing collaboration

Aims and activities

Aims and questions

The ability of charitable organisations to prevent abuse and exploitation across their operations has been the subject of intense media and political scrutiny. In 2018, the UK government’s International Development Committee warned that the failure to prioritise safeguarding, which resulted in the chronic underfunding of this area by funding agencies, was one of the main obstacles to improving efforts to keep people safe.

The Funder Safeguarding Collaborative (FSC) was created to strengthen the ability of grant-making organizations to prevent abuse and exploitation across their operations. The FSC believes that all funders can make a valuable contribution to keeping people safe and to preventing harm to the communities they serve.

FSC strengthens global safeguarding practices through three mutually reinforcing strategies: connect, support, and invest.

Connect:

The FSC connects funders to a wealth of safeguarding knowledge and expertise. The collaborative facilitates peer-to-peer learning through webinars and discussion forums. It curates a resource library with research, guidance, policies, and frameworks tailored to funders. It also plans to host action alignment groups dedicated to finding new ways to align funder approaches and reduce duplication.

Support:

The FSC offers a range of high-quality, flexible, and fee-based support tailored to the specific needs of funders. Funders who pay an annual member contribution have access to its “Ask Any Time Advice Service” which provides immediate advice on any aspect of safeguarding. They can also join FSC communities of practice which allow safeguarding leads to explore the practical challenges of promoting safeguarding. Members wishing to access more in depth support can also contract FSC to provide bespoke capacity development to help with the development and implementation of safeguarding policies and practice.

In 2022, FSC will be launching  a modular training program covering all aspects of safeguarding.

Invest:

The FSC invests in evidence-based initiatives to advance safeguarding practices globally.

FSC is currently investing in fostering local approaches to keeping people safe in Uganda. It carries out this approach by distributing small grants to civil society partners who are advancing good practice grounded in local realities.

In addition, FSC has recently launched a new initiative aimed at increasing access to high quality, contextually relevant safeguarding support for funders and their grantees. This will be achieved through identifying, training and supporting safeguarding consultants in Asia and Africa and developing a quality assurance framework to help benchmark the knowledge and skills of safeguarding consultants.

We hope to continue to grow the network, with new members joining all the time. We are also working to increase engagement with grantee organisations and the communities funders serve.

Karen Walker-Simpson
Director, Funder Safeguarding Collaborative

How to get involved

Membership is open to:

  • Charitable trusts and foundations, including private, corporate, public and community foundations
  • Intermediary funders who dedicate at least 50% of their budget to grant-making or providing support to the organisations they fund
  • Funder networks that wish to promote and support safeguarding as part of their work

All members must share FSC values and commit to contributing to and promoting efforts to keep people safe.

If you are interested in joining, please email us.

Who's involved

The FSC was founded by Comic Relief, Global Fund for Children, The National Lottery Community Fund, Oak Foundation and Porticus, which came together with a shared commitment to creating a safer world. The collaborative is housed within Global Fund for Children.

Learning and Resources

The FSC is committed to continually generating new knowledge about ‘what works’. It has published research on funder approaches to safeguarding full report / executive summary and produced a safeguarding framework for foundations in partnership with the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF).

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