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GCPS Safeguarding Support Service

Safeguarding advisors and designated safeguarding staff working in international development face many tough challenges. The demands of Boards, donors and regulators mean there is more pressure than ever on organisations and their safeguarding staff to deliver. These roles can be isolated within organisations and with little available in the way of specialist training, support and development. That’s why GCPS has established this new service.

What we offer

GCPS provides training, mentoring, and coaching to safeguarding advisors and designated safeguarding staff, equipping them to support implementation in their organisations.

We will inform your approaches based on current trends and up-to-date thinking on policy and practice in the sector that really contribute to creating safer organisations. We will also help you to provide and support organisational leadership through the challenges and decision-making on the many complex issues associated with safeguarding.

GCPS Directors and Senior Associates are all experienced and qualified trainers, mentors, and coaches in a range of relevant areas.

How it works

GCPS offers several different elements in the training and support package, which clients can mix and match according to their needs:


1 Day Training

One-day face-to-face trainings will bring together peers working in the development and humanitarian safeguarding sector. This training will draw on over 20 years’ of the sector’s learning on safeguarding, and cover the key ‘need to know’ issues that we are facing now, tailored to fit your learning needs.

Coaching and mentoring

Two-hour monthly meetings with a GCPS consultant, to coach and/or mentor the safeguarding advisor on issues arising in the course of the client’s work.  This will include email follow up on any outstanding issues that require research or consultation with others by the GCPS consultant. This can be provided face-to-face or online depending on location and convenience.

Action Learning Sets

Action Learning Set meetings held remotely, once every two months over a twelve-month period. Sessions will be run with closed groups, enabling trust and confidential relationships to develop amongst group members over six sessions throughout the year. This will enable clients to reflect on live safeguarding issues brought to the ALS and seek clarification on solutions from peers in the sector.


A ‘rapid response’ advice service for ad hoc queries. This service allows organisations working in rapidly-changing environments, or on many different projects at once, to have regular feedback and coaching – with more flexibility to discuss a variety of topics on a regular basis. The Helpdesk will offer advice on a wide range of safeguarding policy and practice issues as well as on safeguarding issues and incidents.

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