The safety and security of volunteers is becoming an increasing concern for NGOs, and rightly so. But far too often it takes a tragic incident before an organization realizes their S&S management systems aren’t sufficient. We send volunteers into often-volatile areas, and we have both legal and ethical duties to do everything we can to ensure their safety and security. This is not only an end in itself. If volunteers cannot safely do their work, they cannot do their work effectively. Strong safety and security management is therefore not only aimed at the well-being of staff and volunteers, but has a direct impact on the communities with whom we work.