Globaldev careers: The safeguarding expert

Safeguarding consultant Lucy Heaven Taylor discusses why the sector needs you now. Photo by: Lucy Heaven Taylor

LONDON — In 2002, the humanitarian aid sector was hit by a disturbing report. The United Nations Refugee Agency and Save the Children UK had found evidence of “extensive” sexual exploitation of refugee children in West Africa at the hands of aid workers.

It was the first time that the problem of sexual exploitation and abuse within the sector came under the spotlight — and it caught the attention of Lucy Heaven Taylor, who was then working for Save the Children UK as a program officer. She eventually became part of the first cohort of safeguarding specialists in the sector.

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  • Jessica Abrahams

    Jessica Abrahams is Devex's Deputy News Editor. Based in London, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on Europe & Africa. She has previously worked as a writer, researcher and editor for Prospect magazine, The Telegraph and Bloomberg News, among other outlets. She holds graduate degrees in journalism from City University London and in international relations from Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals.