What is Protection from Sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment?

We all have a part to play in protecting those affected by crisis from exploitation, abuse and harassment. The nature of humanitarian and development work means that staff are often in positions of power while helping highly vulnerable people and communities. Employees in the sector must also be able to work in a safe, harassment-free environment.

As an alliance of more than 150 aid organisations, we are committed to tackling all forms of mistreatment and misconduct, wherever they occur. Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) is woven throughout the Nine Commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard.

The recently updated PSEAH Index clearly states the safeguarding requirements for the relevant indicators of the CHS Verification Framework and thus gives organisations verifying their performance against the CHS the ability to determine whether they have the policies and practices in place to protect people in vulnerable situations from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

Our members are at the forefront of efforts to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. One way that we are leading these efforts is through the CHS Alliance Community of Practice. This CoP is made up of Alliance members who share insights and information on PSEAH and provide input into the development of materials on the issue.

CHS Alliance services at a glance

The CHS Alliance helps its members and others fulfil these commitments with:

Resources, guidance, tools and advice, including:

Learning and collaboration opportunities, such as:

  • Webinars, events and conferences on the issue of PSEAH to share experience, good practices and challenges in order to move forward in a more coordinated way.
  • Tailored support for our members upon request. For more information please email Coline Rapneau (crapneau@chsalliance.org)

Learning and capacity sharing opportunities, such as:

Have you been a victim of sexual abuse, exploitation or harassment by an employee of one of our member organisations? Please see our complaints mechanism here.

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Reach out to our PSEAH Adviser, Coline Rapneau, for more support and guidance on prevention of and response to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

“I have spent many years in the field in various countries and continents, mostly holding positions related to prevention and protection of civilian populations. In all these places, I have learnt how important it is within an organisation to have strong preventive measures in place, to protect both the people we serve but also the staff. The CHS Alliance offers a vast range of options to support its member organisations ensure they are fully equipped to protect people against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment”

Gozel Baltaeva