human development, social justice and sustainable social systems

Safeguarding training resource

Caritas introduces five short films and a discussion guide as a training resource to strengthen safeguarding in humanitarian contexts.

Who developed the short films?

Trócaire (Caritas Ireland), together with CAFOD (Caritas England & Wales), Caritas Austria, Caritas Czech Republic, Caritas Romania and Caritas Europa secretariat, developed the training short films in 2019. At the time, all six organisations formed a consortium with the aim of strengthening their capacity to implement humanitarian standards. This project was called ‘Technical Assistance for European Caritas Organisations in Humanitarian Aid’ (TEACH) and was funded by the EU Aid Volunteers initiative of the European Union.

As part of this project, the consortium developed a training resource in the form of short films and an accompanying discussion guide.

What are the short films about?

The short films depict scenarios of safeguarding and code of conduct breaches, provoking viewers to think about and discuss how these breaches happened and what appropriate preventative and response measures should have been/should be put in place.

 There are five films, each dealing with a different subject:

  • Transactional sex;
  • Corporal punishment;
  • Early marriage;
  • Financial exploitation;
  • Workplace sexual harassment.

The people in the short films are actors.

Please be aware that the films depict exploitation and abuse and could be distressing for some viewers. Please ensure that support is available after viewing the films.

Who can use the short films?

Anyone may use this resource to provide trainings on safeguarding in their own or other organisations. The usage is not limited to Caritas organisations.

The accompanying discussion guide includes definitions, FAQs, answers to example questions (based on experience) and conversation steers for each topic.

How can I use the short films?

You can show and discuss the short films in your safeguarding training. You can either stream them online or download them from the Vimeo video platform before the training. The short films are intended to raise questions among the participants of the training on what is right and what is wrong, on what is allowed and what is forbidden, and on how to behave as a staff member of a humanitarian or development organisation.

They should provoke discussion and, therefore, always be used with the discussion guide available below. The films are not intended to be watched in isolation. The discussion is where the issues can be teased out and explored. The discussion guide includes suggestions for facilitators when using the short films.

What if I want to translate the films to another language?

We recognise these resources are only available in a few languages. The English transcripts are available below if you would like to translate them into other languages and add them to the films.

Discussion guide
Download full guide
Download English transcripts

short films

more information

Caritas Ireland
Margaret Rooney
Head of Safeguarding

Caritas Europa
Charel Krieps
Humanitarian Officer
Tel: +32 (0)2 204 03 82
Mob: +352 691 59 26 62

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