SEAMEO RECFON research staff completed a 4-day workshop on current safeguarding practices held on 8-11 October 2019 at the Centre’s headquarter in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop was aimed to enhance the Centre’s quality of program implementation involving children, young people, and adults at risk according to internationally acceptable standards
Through the guidance of Ms. Emma Cowan as the workshop’s resource person from UK Social Development Direct, the Centre’s research team was able to draft a set of safeguarding policy and procedures to implement the Project in Indonesia. These documents would also be used to carry out the Centre’s two flagship programs, namely: Nutrition Goes to School (NGTS) and Early Childhood Care, Nutrition and Education (ECCNE). The Centre is committed to implement all its activities in a safe environment to protect from harm, exploitation and abuse all people who benefit from its work, including staff and beneficiaries.
The workshop was held as part of the Centre’s role as the country lead institution for Indonesia within the Action Against Stunting Hub (AASH) Project, in collaboration with the London International Development Centre (LIDC) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Running for a five-year period from March 2019 – March 2024, the AASH Project aims to examine the synergies, interactions and relative strengths & directionality between the drivers of stunting: biological, behavioural, environmental and social across three countries (India, Indonesia, Senegal). The Indonesian research team is headed by the Centre’s Senior Researcher, Dr. Umi Fahmida and in collaboration with SEAMEO Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting (CECCEP) which is also based in Indonesia. (AS)