Webinar: ‘Preventing Harm in Research’, 1 July 2020
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In April 2020, UKCDR launched guidance on safeguarding in international development research to ensure the highest safeguarding standards in this context. UK funders of international development research worked with UKCDR to develop a set of principles and best practice guidance on safeguarding to anticipate, mitigate and address potential and actual harms in the funding, design, delivery and dissemination of research.
This webinar, targeted at the international development research community, aims to raise awareness of the new guidance increase understanding of the definition of safeguarding in the context of international development research and highlight how the research community can use it. We also reflect on safeguarding considerations in the context of COVID-19.
Marta Tufet, Executive Director, UKCDR
Sheila Mburu, Safeguarding Lead, Research & Policy Officer, UKCDR
Sarah Ball, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)
Kerry Garfitt, Wellcome
Ben Raynor, Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Kweku Ackom, Department for International Development (DFID)
Alison MacEwan, Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC)
Linnea Renton, Research Fellow on Safeguarding,Antislavery Knowledge Network, University of Liverpool
Prof. Sally Theobald, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and ARISE – GCRF Accountability for Informal Urban Equity Hub
Dr. Bintu Mansaray, ARISE HUB
1. Introduction, scene setting and background to guidance development 40mins
Importance of safeguarding in the sector
UKCDR guidance – background and how to use
2. Use/implementation of safeguarding guidance 45 mins
Funder perspective – UK funder policies and alignment to guidance
Researcher perspective – Researcher/Institutional perspective on use of guidance
Safeguarding in International Development Research - Presentation by Sheila Mburu, Research & Policy Officer, UKCDR
UKCDR commissioned a team led by the University of Liverpool (UoL) in partnership with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) to conduct a consultation with researchers and research partners, including those in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), on their understanding and application of safeguarding concepts and principles.
International development research funders share UKCDR’s best practice guidance and principles to prevent and tackle harm and abuse across research for international development in general as well as in emergency situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
This ‘companion piece’ to 'UKCDR's Guidance on Safeguarding in International Development Research' underlines the ongoing importance of safeguarding in research in the context of COVID-19, highlighting specific issues to consider during the current crisis and signpost additional useful resources.