Unit 1: Leadership skills required for safeguarding


1.1 What’s this course about?

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Watch the video above where Jan Webb, Lead Academic, welcomes you to this course and gives you an overview of its content and approach. Please note that the live webinars referred to in this video were recorded and are available on this course.

This third course explores the importance of leadership in safeguarding, both within and across organisations working in the development and humanitarian sectors. It has been designed for learners who have a responsibility for shaping and delivering the vision and strategy of an organisation. This would include managers, senior managers, team leaders, Board members, and trustees in private, public or non-governmental organisations that work in the international or national aid sector.

It provides a mixture of theory, practical applications using case studies, and examples of good practice to support you to critically reflect on your role and responsibility as a leader.


The learning material on the course is supported by three recorded webinars featuring a range of speakers in leadership positions.

Learning outcomes

This course has been developed for learners who are in managerial, leadership and governance positions in national and international organisations working with vulnerable communities.

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Improve personalised approaches to safeguarding and embed evidence-based and culturally sensitive ways of working.
  • Critically reflect on personal leadership skills using different frameworks and tools to embed a safe organisational culture.
  • Develop learning on good practice on safer reporting and responding in order to improve accountability.
  • Implement good governance with a clear senior oversight of organisational safeguarding.

The outline of the course content is shown in the diagram below.

A diagram depicting the content of the four unit course. Unit 1 is leadership skills required for safeguarding. Unit 2 is the importance of a safe organisational culture. Unit 3 is reporting and responding to investigations. Unit 4 is governance and oversight.