Safeguarding & PSEA

1. Safeguarding

The responsibility that organizations have to make sure their staff, operations, and programs do no harm to children and vulnerable adults, and that they do not expose them to the risk of harm and abuse. PSEA and child protection come under this umbrella term. Generally, the term does not include sexual harassment of staff by staff, which is usually covered by organization’s bullying and harassment policy. (PSEAH implementation quick reference handbook, CHS Alliance, 2020)

Organizational Safeguarding is recognized as a priority for the organization, and supported in organizational systems.  Further information and resources on CRS’ approach, commitments, and policies for safeguarding can be found on MyCRS Sharepoint site or on

Industry resources for safeguarding can be found at the Safeguarding Support Hub

2. Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)

Measures that protect people from crisis affected communities from sexual exploitation and abuse by staff e.g. of NGOs, the UN and other actors. (PSEA implementation quick reference handbook, CHS Alliance, 2017)

2.1 SPSEA Toolkit – Full guidance [English] [Français] [Bahasa Indonesian] [Español]

This toolkit has been developed under the framework of the Strengthening Partners in Protection Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse through Protection Mainstreaming (SPSEA) project, a three-year pilot project supported by the USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).  It compiles the tools and resources used in the project to date, including both training and tools for operationalizing PSEA at the organizational and programmatic levels.

The toolkit is organized into three sections: Section I presents the project’s approach to partner PSEA capacity strengthening, Section II provides training tools, and Section III provides program implementation tools:

Part I: Approach to Partner PSEA Capacity Strengthening [English] [Français] [Bahasa Indonesian]

Part II: Training Tools [English] [Français] [Bahasa Indonesian] [Español]

  • Module 1: Introduction to PSEA training of trainers (ToT)
  • Module 2: PSEA and safe programming
  • Module 3: Developing PSEA policy and code of conduct (CoC)
  • Module 4: Developing PSEA human resources policies and measures
  • Module 5: Community engagement and PSEA
  • Module 6: Feedback, complaints and response mechanisms (FCRM) and PSEA
  • Module 7: Responding to SEA reports (IRIS)
  • Module 8: Assigning PSEA responsibilities
  • Module 9: PSEA with partners, suppliers and contractors
  • Module 10: Facilitation methodology
  • Handout module: Introduction to PSEA

Part III: Program Implementation Tools [English] [Français] [Bahasa Indonesian] [Español]

2.2 Supporting SPSEA Toolkit Resources

This section includes editable templates and PSEA resources used by other actors referenced in the toolkit.

  • Approach to Partner PSEA Capacity Strengthening
    • Detailed approach to partner PSEA capacity strengthening (including ideal sequencing for supporting partner organizations) [English] [Francais]
  • PSEA Emergency Simulation Accompaniment resources
    • Tool 1: PSEA emergency simulation – Facilitation guide  [English] [Español]
    • Tool 2: PSEA emergency simulation – Accompaniment resources [English] [Español]
  • Lessons Learned in Partner PSEA Capacity Strengthening [English]