Sharing good practice at the Joint IASC and CEB Meeting of Investigatory Bodies on PSEA

On 26 November, the CHS Alliance participated in a panel discussion on good practice in investigations into sexual exploitation and abuse at a joint meeting of the United Nations investigations bodies and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in Geneva. This meeting was attended by managers of investigations sections from across the UN along with a small number of NGO representatives. The aim of the meeting was to share good practice and to find ways of working more closely together in future to achieve a more effective and efficient investigations capacity across the humanitarian sector. UNOCHA will be launching a fund to support NGOs, particularly smaller organisations, to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment. 


Having experience of working together with NGO members over the past 15 years on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse and experience, the CHS Alliance was able to share examples of good practice, including:

  • NGOs with robust complaints mechanisms and clear reporting procedures for serious allegations, along with codes of conduct linked to employment contracts, training for staff and awareness raising amongst communities on standards of behaviour that can be expected from organisation staff and representatives (as required by the Core Humanitarian Standard);
  • Organisations with clear and comprehensive investigations procedures, consistently followed;
  • Organisations building their capacity on investigating SEA allegations through training a team of staff who can then go on to deliver internal training, and by mentoring trained staff so that they are supported as they gain their initial hands-on experience of investigations.

At the CHS Alliance, we are currently reviewing our work on PSEA, with a view to expanding what we do to better support our members in this area. An independent consultant is currently undertaking a scoping study for this, and we would like to thank the many of you who have kindly taken the time to speak with her.

In the meantime, our open training workshops on PSEA and investigations for 2019 are filling up fast, and we have added a second course in the UK (in Birmingham, in April) to help meet the very high demand. If you are interested in joining us for this training, you can see the full schedule and register here

Organisations looking to develop or review their work on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse may find it helpful to have a look at our PSEA Implementation Quick Reference Handbook, and the linked set of resources (including guidelines and examples of policies, codes of conduct and awareness-raising materials) available on our website.

If you have any questions about the training, or about CHS Alliance’s work on PSEA and investigations, please contact Karen Glisson, Membership Services Manager, on kglisson@chsalliance.org