PSEA Scoping Study – Enhancing Support to Members (January 2019)

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    CHS Alliance
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Since February 2018, the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) has been at the top of the aid sector’s priorities. We carried out a scoping survey in order to find out how we can best support our member organisations in this regard

The scoping exercise was carried out by independent consultant Asmita Naik, through a membership survey and a total of 52 stakeholder interviews and questionnaires, as well as a documentary review. Do report was published in January 2019.

Here are the key highlights of the study:


  • More training, resources and guidance, with a focus on self-learning and e-learning;
  • More practical ‘how to’ guidance, e.g. PSEA Handbook
  • Hands-on support including an enhanced roster of trainers, communities of practice, a helpdesk etc.
  • Interactive sharing of learning e.g. podcasts, blogs, blogs, webinars etc.
  • Collective support e.g. to Humanitarian Country Teams
  • Practical assistance with regard to complaints handling
  • Prevention: initiatives to tackle organizational culture and values, leadership and management.
  • Awareness and support to non-members.

PSEA Index  

  • Boost verification against the CHS, by virtue of PSEA Index, maximising on the commitment made by donors at the Safeguarding Summit in October 2018;
  • Refine the PSEA Index;
  • Increase accompaniment of member organisations throughout their CHS verification processes;
  • Consider accompanying non-members.


  • Continue delivering PSEA investigations workshops;
  • Revamp training methodology and programme;
  • Revise training strategy to cater to increased demand;
  • Certified investigators: specialisation (e.g. child protection), increased diversity of languages and nationalities;
  • Certified investigators roster.


  • Global platform for networking, information-sharing, learning etc.
  • Build on the momentum created at the Safeguarding Summit to boost cooperation with other agencies and networks
  • Representation: engagement in policy forums, brining expertise and balance to on-going debates.