The Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub (RSH) for Eastern Europe is a resource for organisations and individuals responding to the war on Ukraine. It provides practical and accessible safeguarding resources that aim to reduce harm to refugees and displaced people.
Governments, NGOs, civil society organisations (CSOs), faith-based organisations and volunteers across Eastern Europe have mobilised to welcome and offer support to Ukrainian refugees and displaced people. Whilst this effort is welcomed, the crisis and its response present various safeguarding risks – where people providing services to refugees can inflict harm – including unintentionally – on refugees and displaced people.
This can include sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH), physical violence, exploitation, discrimination, harassment or denial of services. These might occur at border crossings, in transit centres, and while accessing accommodation and services. Some individuals such as children, women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) individuals face particularly high risks.
RSH is a global programme that aims to support any organisation or individual working in the international aid sector to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice.
The RSH Eastern Europe online platform brings together best practice guidance, tools and research on safeguarding. We also signpost users towards service providers who can support organisations to improve their approach to safeguarding, particularly in the languages of countries receiving high numbers of refugees from Ukraine. We host webinars and podcasts to engage with our users, we provide expertise in response to our users’ safeguarding enquiries, and we offer an online learning course on safeguarding. All our services are available for free.
The RSH Eastern Europe programme is delivered by a consortium, with Social Development Direct (SDDirect) as technical and delivery lead, together with partners Terre des hommes, Clear Global, and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). It is funded by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
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