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RSSN Standards

Regional Safe Spaces Network Standards

  • Tool: Terms of Reference

    These sample Terms of Reference include a background, objectives, main activities, network partners, frequency and locations of coordination meetings, co-coordination and communication sections. The Network should include as an agenda item the opportunity to develop a revised Terms of Reference in order to reflect changes in the context or situation of the organizations.

  • Tool: RSSN Checklist - Self Audit

    The purpose of this checklist is to assist organizations in conducting a self-audit of their existing Safe Space(s) for survivors, children at risk, and other individuals at risk of SGBV or other serious human rights violation who are refugees, asylum- seekers, returnees, internally displaced persons, returnees, people on the move, stateless people and other persons who might be in need of international protection including women, girls, men and boys, and LGBTI persons. The anonymous compilation of data collected by the members of the RSSN with this checklist will be used to assess the progress made at regional level.

  • Tool: SGBV Disclosure in Forced Displacement

    This is the public version of HRC’s initial internal report, now jointly released with UNHCR. HRC and UNHCR worked with members of the RSSN to prioritize and adapt these draft tools for local practice throughout the Americas region. Though time was limited in this pilot project, it is our hope that these initial findings, tools, and recommendations will spur broader and deeper thinking about SGBV disclosure in forced displacement settings generally. We hope that this, in turn, leads to improved protection and support across the globe.

  • Appendix A: RSSN Safety Audit Guidance

    The RSSN aims to create and promote safe and appropriate spaces that respond to the distinctive needs of all persons of concern (POCs) to UNHCR. In order to ensure that spaces are inclusive, it is important to include the experiences and concerns of women, girls, men, boys, and LGBTI persons in planning and managing these designated safe spaces1. Thus, the RSSN safety audit introduces a set of tools and this guidance note for collecting and assessing information in identified settings through participatory means in each Pilot Country with refugees, displaced populations, migrants and other people on the move, specifically as it relates to accessibility, safety, perceptions of safety and risk of exposure to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), child protection (CP) risks, and other security risks. The RSSN participatory Safety Audit complements the Safe Spaces Network Self Audit Checklist to assist organizations in assessing Safe Spaces and to better understand the risks and specific vulnerabilities of the displaced population from an Age, Gender, and Diversity approach (AGD)