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 the crs.org Safeguarding page.

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]

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 two sections: Section I provides training tools, and Section II provides program implementation tools:

Part I: Training Tools [English] [Français]

  • 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 II: Program Implementation Tools [English] [Français]

2.2 Supporting SPSEA Toolkit Resources

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

  • Module 1: Introduction to PSEA training of trainers (ToT)
    • PowerPoint slides (Coming Soon)
  • Module 2: PSEA and safe programming
    • PowerPoint slides (Coming Soon)
  • Module 3: Developing PSEA policy and code of conduct (CoC)
    • PowerPoint slides (Coming Soon)
  • Module 5: Community engagement and PSEA
    • PowerPoint slides (Coming Soon)
  • Module 6: Feedback, complaints and response mechanisms (FCRM) and PSEA
    • PowerPoint slides (Coming Soon)
    • HO 6.3 Selecting Feedback Mechanisms [English] [Français]
  • Module 7: Responding to SEA reports (IRIS)
    • PowerPoint slides (Coming Soon)
  • Module 8: Assigning PSEA responsibilities
    • PowerPoint slides
    • HO 8.1 PSEA Focal Point Roles and Responsibilities GCPS [English] [Français]
  • Module 9: PSEA with Partners, Suppliers and Contractors
    • PowerPoint slides (Coming Soon)
  • Module 10: Facilitation Methodology
    • PowerPoint slides (Coming Soon)
  • Handout module: Introduction to PSEA
    • PowerPoint slides (Coming Soon)
  • PSEA Emergency Simulation (Coming Soon)