Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)

Sexual exploitation and abuse of the people we aim to assist by our own staff or representatives is one of the most grievous breaches of accountability possible. It harms the very people that we are mandated to protect.

Our members are at the forefront of efforts to reduce the incidence of this type of abuse by supporting and implementing codes of conduct, training, complaints mechanisms, and investigations. Since 2011, all CHS Alliance members have been required to report annually on the implementation and monitoring of their code of conduct and other PSEA. We offer advice and guidance on PSEA to members and others, as well as capacity building through our investigations learning programme and our annual PSEA conference. 

Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) / PSEA helpdesk 

Following requests received from humanitarian practitioners, the IASC Task Team on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) set up a helpdesk service in order to share information and best practice on issues related to AAP and PSEA by our own staff. The helpdesk can be accessed by IASC agencies and interested stakeholders who need technical advice and expertise at any time. It has been developed in collaboration with the IASC AAP/PSEA Task Force and Sphere Project. The helpdesk offers two options that can help answer your questions on AAP and PSEA.

*Note that these experts are working in full-time positions for other organisations and will have limited time and resources to respond to your questions. They cannot serve as pro bono, longer-term advisers to any of your programmes or projects but will rather give you succinct responses to specific queries.

Pool of investigators

The Alliance has a pool of specialised investigators who can be contracted by any agency to undertake investigations into cases of alleged abuse or exploitation.

Guidelines for Investigations

The Guidelines for Investigations provide detailed guidance for any humanitarian organisations on receiving and investigating allegations of abuse, exploitation, fraud or corruption by their own staff. This document is currently available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

Additional resources

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