Sexual Exploitation and Abuse should be expected in any context where there is a power differential. The origins of PSEA as a distinct area of work dates from 2002, specifically research carried out in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Save the Children UK. Since 2006, there has been much focus and effort on developing the right policies and organisational procedures to prevent and respond to SEA. In 2010, the IASC Working Group published a review report on the collective work by humanitarian agencies to ensure the protection of vulnerable people from SEA by those associated with humanitarian agencies. In 2018, PSEA has once again caught media attention with high profile reporting in the media triggering a series of exposures of SEA incidents from different aid agencies. This very public storm has had serious consequences for the agencies and has dented the public and donor confidence in aid agencies.

We can review safeguarding policies, procedures and practice and assist in strengthening your policy and practices to create and maintain a safe environment. We can accompany your HQ and field staff to put into place preventive and protective measures with the participation of affected populations. We can accompany your local and national partners to strengthen safeguarding. We can carry out safer programming audit to identify risks and provide recommendations to strengthen programming.