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DFID Enhanced Due Diligence: Safeguarding for external partners

This guidance provides partners with details of the new standards and how they will be used in enhanced due diligence assessments (DDAs) to assess an organisation’s ability to protect from sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment, children, young people and vulnerable adults they work with as well as their own staff and volunteers.

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The Enhanced Due Diligence provides DFID partners with details of the new safeguarding standards the Secretary of State for International Development announced in March 2018. It explains how they will be applied as part of DFID’s programme management cycle, and also in enhanced due diligence assessments (DDAs) of partners.

The standards aim to assess an organisation’s ability to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults they work with, as well as their own staff and volunteers, from sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment. This is the first version of the guide, which was shared informally in June with UK Civil Society Organisations who receive direct funding from DFID. It has been used in initial assessments and for consultation with partners. It is likely to be updated by early 2019.

The Child Safeguarding Due Diligence builds on the Enhanced Due Diligence by providing DFID partners with additional guidance on safeguarding standards where their programmes come into contact directly or indirectly with children. Children are particularly vulnerable due to their lack of power and agency and this guidance covers safeguarding measures for these broader child harms including from sexual abuse to physical abuse, online abuse, negligent treatment, emotional abuse and commercial exploitation.

Published 18 October 2018
Last updated 31 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Child Safeguarding Due Diligence: for external partners added

  2. Section 4, page 4, on the Code of Conduct amended

  3. First published.